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Torquay United swoop for Wolves striker Romone Rose

By This is Devon  |  Posted: October 23, 2010

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HOURS after completing a three-month loan deal for Queen's Park Rangers winger Romone Rose, Torquay United manager Paul Buckle was lining up a second signing – this time a Premier League starlet.

Rose, 20, joined the Gulls ahead of this afternoon's League Two game at Gillingham.

Buckle then set up a deal for young Wolves forward Ashley Hemmings.

Hemmings, 19, is a pacy 5ft 7in tall striker.

A former England Under-17 international, he was Wolves' Academy Player Of The Year in 2008, and has been hovering around the Molineux first team squad for the last two seasons.

He started Wolves' 2-1 Carling Cup win over Southend in August.

United were hoping to push the Hemmings signing through in time for this afternoon's game at the Priestfield Stadium.

But when the Gulls' squad travelled to Kent yesterday they did it without transfer-listed midfielder Nicky Wroe and defender Kieran Charnock.

Charnock, 26, could be in line to leave early next week, with a move back to his native North-West likely.

League Two rivals Accrington Stanley, where he played the 2008-2009 season on loan, and Morecambe are two clubs which have trailed him in the past.

United paid Peterborough £10,000 for Charnock before the start of last season.

But niggling injuries and a three-match suspension restricted him to 26 starts last term, and Guy Branston appears to be ahead of him in the pecking order now.

Former skipper Wroe, 25, has not figured in United's last two games, since Buckle made him available.

Another of Torquay's divisional rivals, Oxford United, are one of the clubs interested in the former Barnsley and York schemer.

The arrival of Rose was expected.

He's been training with the Gulls this week, and his lively display in United Reserves' 3-2 win over Plymouth Argyle Reserves in midweek helped to clinch his move.

"He is a great addition to the squad, and everyone who watched the reserve game saw some of what he is capable of," said Buckle.

"We have a healthy relationship with QPR, and (manager) Neil Warnock and (assistant) Mick Jones have been very good to us."

Rose is the second QPR player to join United this season, following Joe Oastler, who signed on a month's loan a fortnight ago.

Tomorrow, screened on ITV at 12.30pm, the draw for the First Round of the FA Cup will be held.

The matches will be held over the weekend of November 6/7.

The Gulls have also been drawn at home to Bracknell Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup (date to be announced).

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