Three months of patience and persistence has finally paid off with Torquay United’s signing of Icelandic Under-21 international Axel Oscar Andresson on loan from Reading.

Gulls head coach Gary Owers has revealed that he tried to sign the 19-year-old centre-back as soon as he took over at Plainmoor three months ago.




“He was one of the first phone calls I made, and it has taken this long to get him. He’s been around the first team at Reading, he’s been on the bench and travelled, and obviously on international duty, which I had to wait for,” said Owers.

Andresson spent the second half of last season on loan at Bath City under Owers, as well as being tutored by United assistant Martin Kuhl, who was Reading’s Under-23 coach until last summer.

“When I took him last year at Bath, we embarked on a ten-game unbeaten run and he was instrumental in that,” Owers recalled.

“By the time he left everyone loved him and he left a lasting impression on the club.

“He’s a fantastic character – a real bundle of energy, he bounds in through the door in the morning and lifts everybody.

“Hopefully we’ll see him jumping into the crowd and we have the ‘Icelandic Clap’ and all that – he’s the full package.”

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