Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson wants another striker to regain a physical presence

TORQUAY United player-manager Kevin Nicholson says he is still pushing for at least one more signing this week, and it looks as if extra attacking firepower remains the top priority.

Nicholson added young Irish striker Ruairi Keating as well as more experienced centre-back Myles Anderson to his squad before Saturday’s 1-1 draw with play-off chasing Macclesfield Town at Plainmoor.

Anderson, 27, impressed on his full debut, and 21-year-old non-contract forward Keating had a brief substitute appearance near the end.

But United still played most of the match with only Brett Williams up front, and the Gulls’ boss admitted that he’s still trying to replace the physical presence at centre-forward which was posed before the New Year by Nathan Blissett and loanee Kieffer Moore.

“It’s difficult, because there’s no way we could have gone out in the ‘window’ and signed someone like Matt Rhead (Lincoln),” said Nicholson.

“The new owners’ plan is to make sure that we are stable financially, and they want to build the thing steadily, which is probably the right way to go.

“And the geography is against us, as always.

“When I came to the club (2007) I was sitting in our garden in Derby having a family barbecue when (manager) Paul Buckle first called.

“Going all the way to Torquay seemed like a long way then, but the money was good for the Conference, we decided to give it a go for a couple of years and 10 years later we’re still here.


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