Danny Burnell

Danny Burnell – @dannyburnell_92

After yet more promises of new recruits over the next few weeks, I dust off my crystal ball and see who ‘might’ be a viable option for Gary to bolster his squad. Purely speculative, but realistic options. Let’s have a look…….

Brennan Camp – AFC Bournemouth

There’s no doubt the Cherries have been good to us recently. Yeah, we got done over on the O’Kane sell on clause, but with the likes of Sherring & Vincent tipping up on loan over the past few seasons, we’ve added some real quality to our squads.

Following a very similar path to Sherring, Camp spent the whole of last season at Weymouth, making 33 appearances, and the previous second half of their promotion campaign at the Bob Lucas stadium. He became an integral part of the Terras defence, before returning home to his parent club in the summer.

It worked for Sherring, now AFCB may find value in once again loaning out a bright prospect, who signed an extension in the Summer, to a club who in theory, should be fighting towards to the top of the table. He’s a centre back, and if the boot fits……


Position: Centre back

Date of Birth: 12th October 2000 (20 years old)

Previous Clubs: Portland United (loan), Poole Town (loan), Dorchester Town (loan), Weymouth (loan)

Likelihood of joining: A centre back must still be high on the agenda for Johnson, even given Wynter’s recent MOTM displays in that position. It seems like we are plugging a hole at present, and given this lad’s similar career path to Sherring, and what we did for him, I think there’s every chance he could rock up at Plainmoor. 9/10

Jamie Sendells-White – Free Agent

A player who Gulls fans will be familiar with. JSW played 23 times in our 2018/19 campaign, largely at centre back. After his contract expired, he went onto League Two side Crawley, before moving to Aldershot, where he was captain.

A centre back, tick. Free agent, tick. A GJ player, ? Gary utilised Jamie a fair bit in the NLS, but upon our promotion, he was released. Whether that was down to player, manager, or both we shall never know. Would Johnson take another shot at the former Northern Ireland U21 international? 


Position: Centre back

Date of Birth: 10th April 1994 (27 years old)

Previous Clubs: QPR, Colchester (loan), Mansfield (loan), Hamilton, Swindon, Leyton Orient, St Albans, Crawley, Aldershot

Likelihood of joining: Another in the centre back mould. Would GJ return to a player he formerly released……? 5/10

Adam Randell – Plymouth

I needn’t introduce ‘Rands’. United’s YPOTS last season, and a lad with tremendous ability seemingly finding it difficult to break into Argyle’s starting XI. He’s been restricted to just cup appearances and the odd 15 minutes here and there, and not even being utilised in the past 5 outings.

Fantastic talent sitting on the bench at a League One side, Ryan Lowe might offer him the chance to go out on loan again, and with the transfer window shut for FL sides, NL might be his only option. (Until January anyway). Might we see a return for the midfield maestro? Every Gull fan hopes so….


Position: Midfield

Date of Birth: 1st October 2000 (21 years old)

Previous Clubs: Torquay Utd (loan)

Likelihood of joining: He fit like a glove last season. He knows the team, he knows the manager. Fans love him. Am I leaving in a dream world?! 7/10

James Morton – Bristol City

Now, I know Johnson Jnr has since left City, and taking a post ooop north. But I can imagine Johnson Snr still has a good relationship with the club he so nearly got into the Premier League. With another City legend in Brian Tinnion working in their youth set up, Gary will have the contacts, and the resources to tap into some potential gems. 

James Morton sticks out to me as a player, who at 22, needs to be playing regular football. Bit part loan spells at various League Two sides havent quite materialised as he & City had hoped. But a spell at Plainmoor, playing alongside former club-mates CLE & Andrews, may be the answer to his lack of playing time…. 


Position: Midfielder

Date of Birth: 22nd April 1999 (22 years old)

Previous Clubs: Chippenham (loan), Bath City (loan), Forest Green (loan), Grimsby (loan), Gillingham (loan)

Likelihood of joining: In theory, given his career path, loan would like probably. He was on the verge of signing for MK Dons in the summer, but the deal fell through. If he wants football, Torquay can offer that. Not in Bristol City’s plans….. 4/10

Louis Britton – Bristol City

Another familiar name to Gulls fans, Britton spent a 5 game spell at Plainmoor last season. The striker scored once before going back to his parent club, and once again getting loaned out to Stockport. 

Judging by Nigel Pearson’s comments Britton is not in his current plans. “If he’s going to be considered at first-team level he’s got to make adjustments to how physically fit he is,” Pearson said. “Our first team are now at a level of fitness where he wouldn’t be able to deal with training” – Bristol Live 

Louis might be some way from the City 1st team, and maybe another spell at Torquay may provide the fitness and playing time he needs…..


Position: Striker

Date of Birth: 21st April 2001 – (20 years-old)

Previous Clubs: Mangotsfield, Yate Town (loan), Bath City (loan), Torquay (loan), Stockport (loan)

Likelihood of joining: Could be. He needs to go out on loan, U23’s can only do so much for a player. Torquay in the market for another forward? 7/10

Ollie Tomlinson – Plymouth 

Another centre back, Tomlinson could fit the bill. Another young lad restricted to just JPT and Carabao Cup games for Argyle, but a player highly thought of by manager Ryan Lowe.

The Plymouth boss, has said: “We will make sure it’s the right fit for Ollie, and there is no guarantee that he will go out, but there is a good chance we will let him go and play some games.

“He needs to now become what Adam Randell has become after a good season out on loan.” –


Position: Defender

Date of Birth: 19th May 2002 – (19 years old)

Previous Clubs: Barnstaple Town (loan)

Likelihood of joining: Torquay developed Randell no end. Torquay could do the same with this lad given the chance. 9/10

Tyler Harvey – Truro

Gary Johnson is a man not too adverse to signing players from lower down the pyramid. Jared Lewington for one. The Plymouth born striker’s record for Truro speaks for itself. He’s prolific. A spell at Wrexham in the NL didn’t go to plan, but with a few more years experience in him, I genuinely think he would be a top player. Slightly surprised he’s playing Southern Prem football at 26 years old, would it be worth the risk……..? 


Date of Birth: 29th June 1995 – (26 years old)

Previous Clubs: Plymouth, Salisbury (loan), Bath City (loan), Wrexham, Truro

Likelihood of joining: Would he join? Can he step up two levels? Is this a pie in the sky? I personally would like to see it. I’m not so sure it will happen. 2/10


COYY – Danny






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