Torquay United` young player of the season, defender Sean McGinty, has agreed to extend his stay with the club.

Twenty-three-year-old McGinty played every minute of the 2016/17 season for the Gulls, making forty-nine appearances in total.

The reward for his impressive performances on the pitch came at the end of the season when McGinty was voted young player of the season.

McGinty is excited by the ambition shown by the club and manager Kevin Nicholson heading into the new season.

“I’m really happy to be here, really happy to be signing on and I can’t wait to get started,” said McGinty.

Nicholson is pleased to have McGinty to count upon once again: “I’m delighted to get ‘Gints’ back for next season.

“He is a player on the up, and after a tough few seasons I think we helped him find his confidence and his game, and he deserved his Young Player of the Season award.

“’Gints’ is another player who needs to kick on and take his game to the next level. If he does then he will move up the leagues again and I hope he can do that with us!

“He has a great attitude and a burning desire to win. I’ve never seen anyone as annoyed to lose a five-a-side match, and I love that about him.

“He now has to harness that passion and put it to good use on a match day. If he can do that then we will see an even better Sean McGinty next season.”

Meanwhile, midfielders Aman Verma and Dan Sparkes have turned down their contract offers and have left Torquay.

“I’m really sorry to see these guys move on,” said Nicholson. “Both are going for perfectly good reasons, and I genuinely wish them well for the future.

“For ‘Sparkesy’, it’s a chance for him to move back closer to his family. His crossing ability is as good as you’ll find at this level, and if he adds a few other bits to his game then I think we will see him in the Football League before long. All of us wish him well and he will always be welcome back.

“Verma came here when all hope looked lost from the outside, and he played a huge role in both ‘Great Escapes’.

“In year one he started as a number ten, and ended up doing a brilliant job at right-back. He’s an incredibly intelligent footballer and a genuinely good guy and any team would be lucky to have him.

“I think two seasons away from his young family have been hard for him, but he’s never complained and is a model pro.

“His best football was played as captain towards the end of this season, when he showed real leadership qualities at a tough time for everyone involved with Torquay. I would’ve loved to have kept him, but I totally understand his decision, and again, he is welcome back here anytime. I know he will never forget his two seasons at Torquay United!

“I’m sure both players will get a warm welcome if we see them back here playing for an opposition team next season”.


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