Torquay United sign midfielder Craig Easton
TORQUAY United have completed the signing of experienced midfielder Craig Easton on a free transfer.
The Scot, 33, impressed in a two-week trial at Plainmoor last season and will bolster manager Martin Ling's options in midfield.
Easton is a proven quality player with a career spanning the likes of Dundee United, Southend and Leyton Orient, where he enjoyed success under the stewardship of United boss Martin Ling.
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kevnicho3 very good signing and he officially makes me a youngster! Can't wait to give him some abuse!!
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"Craig came here on trial for a fortnight toward the end of last season and I always knew there was a player in him because I'd worked with him for two years," said Martin Ling.
"I just wanted to find out if he was still fit because of his age but I always felt his fitness would be fine. He was the fittest player I had at Orient and I am sure that will be the same at Torquay.
"He was very unlucky last season. He had been the Southend captain the season before and they then offered him a reduced wage, so Craig opted to find a new club.
"He moved to Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier League on a six-month deal but picked up an injury toward the end of that contract, so he has spent the last few months chomping at the bit.
"I know he is the ideal type of character for our squad. He was a massive part of my successful time at Orient and played a big role in our good Cup runs and the promotion to League 1, when he was a mainstay in my centre-midfield.
"He was nigh on Player of the Season that year and I just know that I can trust him. He is a firm and solid character, who can come into our way of playing.
"It toughens up our midfield and makes selection in that area more difficult. Lee Mansell, Damon Lathrope and Eunan O'Kane were the obvious choices last year and Craig will stiffen up the competition in midfield."