Torquay United snap up Sheffield United winger
TORQUAY United have secured the signing of Sheffield United wide-man Jordan Chapell on a loan deal that will last until the end of the season.
Chapell, 21, came through the youth system at Bramall lane, making his league debut for the Blades in December last year.
He enjoyed a brief loan spell with Burton at the start of this season but was recalled early because of an injury. Chapell goes straight into the United squad for Saturday’s trip to Southend.
‘’Jordan is quick, direct and the important part is that he knows the league,’’ said United manager Alan Knill. ‘’He was out on loan at Burton and did really well.
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‘’I live in Sheffield and when the United youth-team had a good cup run, I watched a lot of their games and Jordan was one of the outstanding players.
‘’ We lose Billy Bodin for two games next week because of duty with the Wales Under-21 side, so we needed somebody in. Jordan can play either wing or behind the striker, and he is technically very good.
‘’It gives us another forward option and when you bring in new players, it freshens training and makes it more competitive.
‘’The addition of Joss Labadie had that affect because there was suddenly more competition in the middle of the park and, hopefully, bringing Jordan into the club will do exactly the same. We have added more quality to the squad and the competition for places becomes more intense.
‘’I’ve spoken to people that know Jordan and they’ve all said he’s a really good lad. The people at Burton would have kept him because he was playing really well until he got an injury.
‘’He goes straight in the squad for Saturday at Southend and I believe that when you bring in a loan player, you bring them in to play.
‘’The group we have here is good and we just want to add to that. We are continually looking to add even further and I’m always hopeful of another new face at the top end of the pitch before Saturday, but we’re waiting for phone calls.’’
The Chapell deal is subject the completion of routine paperwork on Thursday morning.