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Adams and Ellis return to Plainmoor

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: September 16, 2009

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STEVE ADAMS and Mark Ellis are both returning to Torquay United after their loan spells at former Blue Square Premier rivals Forest Green Rovers.

Experienced midfielder Adams and young central defender Ellis have spent the past month at the New Lawn.

There was a possibility that the pair might remain in Gloucestershire, where Dave Hockaday has just taken over as FGR's new manager.

But United boss Paul Buckle said: "Injuries leave us a bit low on numbers at the moment, so Steve and Mark are back with us.

"Their loans are up, but they have got good match practice in at Forest Green and they have helped them during a difficult spell there."

Adams and Ellis both played five games at FGR, Ellis earning good reviews for his performance in a goalless draw against Ebbsfleet last weekend.

United currently have defenders Lee Mansell (thigh), Kieran Charnock (hamstring) and Lee Hodges (knee) under treatment.

Hodges, who was taken off at half-time in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Rochdale, sustained a kick on the outside of his right knee during the first half at Spotland.

United may now have lost four successive games in League Two, but they have picked up an award already this season.

Their 3-1 win at Cheltenham a fortnight ago has earned them the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Team Of The Round accolade.

"We haven't got what we've deserved in the league lately, so it's nice to get some recognition," said Buckle.

The award will be presented at United's training ground at Newton Abbot Racecourse next Thursday, September 24.

● THREE unemployed South Devon young people could find new jobs at Torquay United, under an initiative just announced by the Government.

But they won't be playing for the Gulls!

The Department of Work & Pensions is to pay for 200 jobs at the 72 clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two from its Future Jobs Fund.

A further 2,000 jobs will be created in community sports schemes.

The youngsters must have been unemployed for ten months before they can apply.

And the posts will be in non-football areas, like administration, commercial departments or groundstaff.

Clubs will have to apply for and secure funding before advertising what jobs they have available.

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