Ryan Jarvis signing takes Torquay United up to 18 for next season's campaign
The signature of former loanee forward Ryan Jarvis has brought Torquay United manager Martin Ling's squad of players, those who have either agreed new deals or are under contract for next season, to 18.
The Gulls boss is due to head off for a Mediterranean holiday later this week, but Ling will be taking his laptop with him and his mobile will be on more often than it's off. However, it's unlikely that he'll push through any more new signings until he returns from his break.
Former Norwich City, Leyton Orient and Walsall player Jarvis, 25, has agreed a one-year deal after spending the last two-and-a-half months of last season on loan at Plainmoor.
Ling, who also managed him at Orient, eventually chose Jarvis over Taiwo Atieno, who he released last week.
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He believes that Jarvis can reach a higher level of performance either than Atieno produced or than he showed in scoring twice from five starts and 11 sub appearances recently.
The one player who is currently holding out on the two-year deal which Ling has offered him is central defender Mark Ellis.
But the forthcoming holidays might provide a chance for both men to talk further.
Ellis, 23, is getting married in Cyprus at the same time as Ling will be there, and the two men may well bump into each other.
Former Exeter City trainee Ellis is taking his time to consider all his options, especially as there may be interest from several higher division clubs.
One is thought to be League One Notts County, where former Gulls chief executive Colin Lee is now number two to manager Keith Curle, and another could be npower Championship outfit Barnsley.
Barnsley boss Keith Hill tried to sign Ellis before, when he was in charge of Rochdale.
Ling believes that 18 players is a good springboard for the three or four more new signings that he has in mind before the start of the 2012-2013 campaign.
And, despite speculation that Ellis, midfielder Eunan O'Kane and goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik may all attract interest from other clubs, the Gulls boss believes that he has a good chance of hanging on to all three.
All would attract sizeable transfer fees, something which few clubs can afford in the current financial climate.