The Plainmoor return of Aaron Downes as assistant manager completes the backroom team which Gary Johnson wants to lead Torquay United into the second half of their National League South promotion battle

Downes, the United captain from 2012-2015 and Player of the Year, has been appointed as the Gulls’ No.2 less than 24 hours after leaving Cheltenham Town, where Johnson also signed him three-and-a-half years ago.

“I am really happy with the staff now – I feel it’s complete,” said Johnson, who also brought in his brother Peter as Head of Recruitment recently.

“We have got now what it takes to do the job properly, and it’s thanks to the directors that we have been able to do it.”

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