Torquay United’s new French striker Guy Gnabouyou is relishing the chance to make his mark in English football and he has no fears that he will be able to cope with the extra ‘intensity’ of the game here.

The former Under-21 international joined goalkeeper Vincent Dorel as the Gulls’ second French player when he made his debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Leyton Orient.




Gnabouyou – he will be 28 on Friday – believes he will score goals in the Vanarama National League, and that United will help him to become a better all-round player.

“When I heard that Torquay were asking about me, I checked them out and I was interested straight away,” he said.

“The best and the strongest leagues are in England. I have always wanted to play here.

“Of course I am here to score some goals, but everything is a plus. I am not under pressure.

“After I trained with the boys on trial, I saw my first game (Maidstone 0-1), and I thought ‘There is no way this team can be bottom of the table.’

“The intensity is different from where I have been, but the standard in Finland (First Division FC Inter Turku) is good, and it will be OK.

“I have seen how they play here, I will try to improve and understand the way the coach wants me to play.”

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