AS THE JANUARY transfer deadline approached last night, Torquay United were hoping to complete a one-in-one-out move in midfield ahead of tonight's 'Let's Get Over The Cup' game against Hereford United at Plainmoor (7.45pm).
Former Gulls captain Nicky Wroe headed for talks over a permanent transfer to League Two rivals Shrewsbury Town.
At the same time Morecambe's Craig Stanley was making an even longer journey from the North-West to South Devon.
Both of them are former captains of the England C team.
Stanley, 27, has been at Morecambe for nearly five years, following spells with Walsall and Hereford, and he was in the Shrimps team which beat United 2-1 at the Globe Arena recently.
Stanley is expected to move on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
Wroe, who has been a regular with United for the last three years and started Saturday's FA Cup defeat by Crawley, started 124 games for Torquay and scored 23 goals.
United have agreed an undisclosed fee for the 25-year-old former Barnsley and York player.
Loan winger Ashley Hemmings has also returned to Wolves after spending three months with the Gulls.
"Ashley wasn't starting for us, which was the idea when he joined, and all three parties have agreed on him going back to Wolves," said Buckle.
But the one player whom everyone expected to move, United's leading scorer Elliot Benyon, still appeared to be staying at Plainmoor.
Swindon Town's interest in Benyon was being widely reported, but United manager Paul Buckle said at tea-time that he had still not received a firm bid for Benyon.
And, with the one-match suspension of Chris Zebroski and one or two injuries likely to tighten selection options, there seemed a good chance that 14-goal Benyon might face Hereford tonight alongside fellow striker Billy Kee.
It doesn't take a genius to work out that United must pick themselves up quickly from the huge disappointment of the Crawley defeat – and the Fifth Round draw which sent the Sussex club to Manchester United.
The Gulls (13th) now face three key games against League Two's bottom three clubs – Hereford tonight and Stockport on Saturday at home and Barnet away on February 12.
Hereford, who have improved markedly of late, could pose the biggest threat.
Buckle stressed: "We've got to do our best to have no hangover after last Saturday.