NEW GULL PROFILE
Dom Roman – @DomRoman
Dom discusses the newest Gulls signing
Are Torquay United about to get better or worse with the latest bunch of incomings and outgoings? Well we’ll see. What is clear is that we are swapping more experienced players for very youthful promise, a tactic that on paper doesn’t inspire confidence…but who knows what the future will bring. The latest incoming is an exciting arrival from Premier League struggler Southampton, let’s take a quick look at Nico Lawrence…
Nico was snapped up by the Saints from Kent Southern Counties league side Glebe FC in February 2022. Before his time at Glebe he had spent time in Fulham & Crystal Palace’s academies, before deciding to make the move into non-league to gain valuable first team experience. That experience has paid off, with Nico soon making an impact at Southampton and becoming a key member of their B team under Dave Horseman. Before joining Torquay he had played 10 games in the Premier League 2 (scoring 1, and picking up 1 red card), and also made Football League Trophy appearances against Forest Green, Exeter City and Newport County. He also impressed first team manager Nathan Jones sufficiently enough to train with the first team squad for a number of weeks at the end of last year. They clearly see a bright future for Lawrence and rewarded him with a new contract this week taking him up to June 2025. His other reward was a move to Plainmoor for the rest of the season. Lucky young man!
MOST LIKELY/LEAST LIKELY TO
Most Likely To:
- Be playfully called the new VVD by the TUFC faithful after a strong performance.
- Relish the opportunity of getting stuck into National League football.
Least Likely To:
- Learn valuable skills from colleague Ali Omar and ask the Saints to take a look at him.
- Play over 300 league games for Torquay like the other Nico.
TALKING ABOUT NICO
GARY JOHNSON – “One of the things we had to wait a little bit for was because him and his agent were negotiating a new contract at Southampton. He’s very pleased with that, so that’s a testament to how much they like him, because they don’t want us to nick him!
According to Transfermarkt.com Nico has English and Italian citizenship.
Gary Johnson is clearly delighted to bring Nico Lawrence down to Plainmoor and the faith that the Saints have shown in the young man should fill us with some confidence. We obviously still have to understand that Nico is only 19 years-old and as a youngster he will make mistakes here or there, but if the centre back settles in well to his new environment and shows the drive and commitment that earned him his new contract, then we should be optimistic. Welcome to the club Nico and good luck!