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Torquay United striker Martin Gritton is allowed to go

By This is Devon  |  Posted: January 10, 2011

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STRIKER Martin Gritton is returning to Chesterfield at the end of his six-month loan spell with Torquay United.

Gulls manager Paul Buckle confirmed the news in the wake of United's FA Cup victory over Carlisle, for which Gritton was an unused substitute.

"Martin wants to play games, and everyone can understand that," said Buckle.

"I think it's worked out great for us, because of what's happened in the league and the cup.

"Martin goes with our best wishes, and he's been an absolute pleasure to work with."

Gritton, 32, joined United just before the start of the season, ostensibly as a replacement for Scott Rendell, whom Peterborough sold to Wycombe after his successful season-long loan at Plainmoor.

Former Plymouth, Torquay, Grimsby, Lincoln and Macclesfield forward Gritton suffered a cut knee in the opening match of the season against Northampton.

Since then he's made only two starts and eleven substitute appearances.

With the January transfer window open, United fans are even more worried about losing some of their younger favourites, notably leading scorer Elliot Benyon and talented midfielder Eunan O'Kane.

O'Kane scored the winner against Carlisle on Saturday.

Championship club Watford were among the clubs represented at Plainmoor at the weekend.

But United are believed to have had interest from Swindon and Reading in Benyon and O'Kane.

That would hardly be surprising.

Swindon manager Danny Wilson has been a Benyon fan for some time.

And Royals boss Brian McDermott inquired about both Benyon and O'Kane after his team's extra-time 1-0 win over Torquay in the Carling Cup back in August.

Money nearly always dictates in these matters, but both Benyon and O'Kane are anxious to keep playing first-team football and would hesitate to move anywhere which did not give them a good chance of doing it.

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