Torquay United confirm Joss Labadie signing
JOSS Labadie has joined Torquay United from Notts County in a loan deal that will keep him at Plainmoor for the remainder of the season.
A tall and powerful midfielder, Labadie had been targeted by manager Alan Knill to bolster his options and add further bite to his engine room for the final 11 games.
‘’Joss is a big, powerful player who can also pass the ball,’’ said Alan. ‘’I first came across him when he was at West Brom and I’ve watched him grow up from there.
‘’He has always been someone that I thought I’d like to sign and never really had the opportunity. Whenever my teams have played against Joss, I’ve always thought he was a good player.
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‘’He is a central midfielder and he gives us extra size and power in that area. He’s a good passer of the ball as well and his pedigree is obviously good after coming through the system at Wet Brom.
‘’He also knows this league and knows exactly what is required. When I became aware he was available, it was an easy decision for me.
‘’I always want to play football but you have to play the physical side as well, and you come across a lot of big sides in this league. You need big players to compete with that and Joss is also a very good footballer.
‘’He goes straight into the squad on Saturday and whenever you take a loan player, they are here to play. He will train with us tomorrow and we’ll then pick a team for Saturday.’’
Labadie began his career with the West Bromwich Albion Academy, where he earned himself a professional in the summer of 2008.
Chances were limited at the Hawthorns and he signed a loan deal with Shrewsbury in January 2009 before suffering a foot injury in training. He returned to the Meadow for a longer stint at the start of the following season.
In March 2010, Labadie moved to Tranmere in a loan deal that turned permanent two months later when he was released by West Brom.
After two years with Rovers, Notts County pounced by offering him a one-year contract last summer and he has been on the fringes of their side for much of the League 1 season.
Joss will wear the number 24 shirt at Plainmoor.