New Torquay United signing Armani Little is convinced that he’s ready to step up to National League level after helping to drive Woking in their long duel with the title-winning Gulls and eventual promotion from the National League South last season.
Former Southampton starlet and Oxford United midfielder Little, 22, is relishing life at Plainmoor after ignoring interest from several other clubs to sign a two-year deal with United.
It’s just over a year since Portsmouth-born Little swapped the Saints’ Development Squad for Oxford, who promptly loaned him out to Woking.
He was a big hit for the Cards, making 32 appearances in two spells and scoring seven goals, including the 25-yard free-kick which beat Welling United in the Play-Off Final at Kingfield.
He also played twice against Torquay – a 1-0 FA Cup win at Plainmoor and the dramatic 3-3 draw in Surrey in April which gave the Gulls one hand on the championship.
“I had been playing in Southampton Under-23s before I went to Oxford last year, but I needed to get 30-odd games in senior football under my belt,” said Little.
“I think I proved I was good enough to play at National League South level.
“I had an open mind about where I might go, but I had seen the set-up at Torquay when I played there in the Cup, and I was impressed with the stadium and the fans.”