Ling invites Richard Logan to train with Gulls as he ponders adding to front line
Torquay United manager Martin Ling stressed that a transfer move remains some way off, but he has confirmed that former Exeter City striker Richard Logan is now training with the Gulls.
The likelihood of Logan, 31, linking up with the npower Two League club appeared to have receded last week, but he joined United’s squad for the first time yesterday.
Logan, who had a loan spell at Torquay when he was with Ipswich Town earlier in his career, was released last summer after five years at St James’ Park. He had brief stints at Wycombe Wanderers and Dorchester Town this season, and recently returned to his home county of Suffolk and signed for Bury Town.
“Richard is back in Devon and staying with a friend, so we’ve offered him the use of our training facilities,” said Ling. “That’s as far as it’s gone at the moment, but we’ll obviously take a look and see what shape he’s in.”
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Ling is in the market for a target man centre-forward, in case leading scorer Rene Howe is suspended or injured.
Logan’s career has taken him from Ipswich to Boston United, Peterborough United, Weymouth, Exeter and Wycombe, plus several loans along the way.
He has scored 90 career goals from 237 starts plus 182 substitute appearances, and chipped in with four goals in 16 appearances for Torquay during three months at Plainmoor in 2001-02.
Logan’s first session yesterday was a low-key affair. United’s players arrived at their Seale Hayne base near Newton Abbot in the morning to find it under snow, and only a fitness run along back lanes was possible as they began the build-up to next Monday’s return Devon derby against Exeter at St James’ Park.
Ling may be looking to sign another forward, but Ryan Jarvis believes he can spare his boss the trouble.
The 26-year-old Torquay striker says that his form and confidence, undermined by a series of injuries in recent seasons, has come back.
“I’m going out now expecting to play well, and expecting to score. I haven’t felt like that for a while,” said the former Norwich City, Leyton Orient and Walsall forward.
“Hopefully, I’ll be in the team to play against Exeter – I just can’t wait to get going again, have a run of games and score some more goals,” added Jarvis, who admitted that he benefited from United’s latest postponement, at home to Chesterfield last Saturday, because it allowed him more time to recover fully from his latest injuries.
He cracked a rib and punctured a lung after scoring in a 1-1 draw with Northampton Town on December 15 and then sustained a “dead leg” in the 1-1 derby draw against Exeter this month.
“Coming back within four weeks from puncturing my lung was very quick, and I think Damo [physiotherapist Damien Davey] was a bit cautious about throwing me back in,” Jarvis added.
“I was fine, as it happened, but he’ll probably be pleased that I’ve had another week to let everything settle down. It has done me good.”
The Gulls have attempted to alleviate the cost of the club’s fixture backlog for their supporters. In the wake of the latest rearrangement – they will play last Saturday’s postponed League Two home game against Chesterfield on March 19 – the Gulls have a packed programme which includes a series of midweek matches.
Three of them are at Plainmoor in February and March (Rotherham United on February 12, Wycombe on February 26, plus the Chesterfield game), and United are offering all three games for £30 (adults) or £24 (concessions).