Torquay United’s new loan striker Rhys Healey believes that the club can still pull off a third successive ‘Great Escape’ and he says that Gulls fans have yet to see the best of him.

The 23-year-old Cardiff City forward scored within three minutes of his first start for United in the 2-0 win at Chester FC on Good Friday, setting up a six-point Easter with Monday’s 2-1 victory over Woking at Plainmoor. But Healey revealed that this week’s game was his first full 90 minutes for a year, after he damaged cruciate and medial knee ligaments in a 5-0 home win for Cardiff over Rotherham in February 2017.

Head coach Gary Owers took the Manchester-born player off ten minutes from time at Chester, but Healey revealed: “The gaffer asked me how I was feeling in the second half against Woking, and I said ‘I’m OK – I’m feeling stronger all the time’, and that was on a heavy pitch.

“I am game-fit, but I’m still short of my best and getting that extra sharpness back is the hardest part of coming back from injury. I know I scored at Chester, but deep down I wasn’t happy with my performance.

“The Torquay fans haven’t seen the best of me yet, but I’m getting there and I want to show them exactly what I can do.”

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