Perseverance has paid off for Torquay United head coach Gary Owers after his capture of attacking midfield player Samir Nabi from Carlisle United, say Devon Live.

The Gulls’ boss revealed that he has been on the trail of 21-year-old Nabi for the last three years, first during a highly promising spell in West Bromwich Albion’s Under-21 side.

Owers also tried to sign him to help in United’s unsuccessful fight to avoid relegation from the National League last season.

“Samir was someone I watched loads and loads of time when he was at West Brom – both him and his brother (Adil), who went on to get a decent move to Peterborough,” said Owers.

“I tried to get him last season when he was at Carlisle.

“He’s an excellent midfielder player who can chip in with a goal. I’m really pleased to get him.

“He’s one of those young players who thinks he can help himself by coming to Torquay, to get games under his belt and move back up the pyramid.

“I have big expectations of him. I think he’s going be a really good signing for us.”

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