New Zealand international Rory Fallon has joined Vanarama National League club Torquay United on non-contract terms.
The striker has been on trial with the Gulls and faced former club Plymouth Argyle in during pre-season.
Fallon’s long career has seen him play for the likes of Barnsley, Swansea City and Aberdeen, but it is his time with Argyle that stands out.
In a four-year stay with the Home Park club, Fallon made nearly one hundred and fifty appearances.
He also has twenty three international caps for New Zealand, scoring six goals for the All-Whites.
In November 2009, Fallon scored the only goal in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier against Bahrain, a goal that ensured that his side reached the World Cup Finals for the first time in twenty eight years.
He appeared in all three of their group games in South Africa, as the All-Whites remained unbeaten.
They drew all three games against Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay but missed out on a place in the knockout stages by a point.
Fallon now joins Torquay United just weeks before the new National League season and brings an end to manager Kevin Nicholson’s search for a target man.
Speaking to the club’s official website Nicholson said ““We have been looking for a target man for a long time now and Rory has come in and showed us enough to suggest that he could be a valuable asset to our squad”
“His character is outstanding, he has kept himself in great shape having not kicked a ball in anger for about 8 months until the Plymouth Argyle game.
He is a player who has had a tough couple of years with injury and then a desperation to do well as player-assistant manager which didn’t work out at Truro, but he is also a man who has played in the championship and played international football so we know he has the ability and the physical presence that we need.
“He has a non-contract deal which gives us a chance to assess further, get him fit and also benefit from him being available to play, he then has the opportunity to show us how good he can be and how much he can help us be successful.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how he progresses and hope our fans make him feel welcome as he fights to get in our team and in the New Zealand national set up.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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