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Gulls close in on new Stevens deal

By Herald Express  |  Posted: June 21, 2011

REUNITED: Elliot Benyon has joined former Gulls strike partner Scott Rendell at Wycombe Wanderers after securing a season-long loan there yesterday

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TORQUAY United manager Martin Ling has verbally agreed a new deal with Gulls winger Danny Stevens.

The new Gulls boss was also due to hold meetings with former loanee Joe Oastler and two other players on his way back to South Devon from London last night.

Stevens, 24, is out of contract, but is poised to stay for a fifth season at Plainmoor.

"The deal with Danny is near enough done, although there are still a couple of i's to dot and t's to cross," said Ling.

"Verbally we have agreed."

Ling has already said that he would like to keep former Portsmouth and QPR youngster Oastler, 20.

Ling added that he may well complete more player signings, possibly this week, before he clinches the appointment of a new assistant.

"It's been a hectic few days, to say the least," he said.

"New players may be a bit nearer than an assistant right now, but we're working hard on several fronts."

Former United striker Elliot Benyon, meanwhile, has joined League One Wycombe Wanderers less than six months after he left Plainmoor for Swindon Town.

The Gulls sold Wycombe-born Benyon to Swindon Town for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £125,000, near the end of the January transfer.

But now the 23-year-old striker has moved on again, to his hometown club.

There is a 'sell-on' clause in the deal which took Benyon from Plainmoor to the County Ground.

But his latest move is a season-long loan, so there'll be no benefit to Torquay at this stage.

Benyon scored for United in one of their best away performances of last season – a 3-1 win at Wycombe in November.

In all he hit 46 goals from 86 starts (56subs) during his three-and-a-half years at Plainmoor.

His arrival at Adams Park also renews a partnership with his close friend Scott Rendell.

They played together first at Crawley, when they were both teenagers, and then at Torquay.

After hitting 13 goals for United during a long loan in 2009-2010, Rendell hit 19 goals in Wycombe's League Two promotion campaign last season.

Benyon said: "It's always been an ambition of mine to play for Wycombe, and I can't wait to get started."

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  • alienrobotz  |  June 21 2011, 10:14PM

    I've bought my season ticket already....and I'm worried. Surely the first qualification or must for a new manager is a bulging contacts book or it should be...What have we gained so far...no coach for goodness sake that's an obvious, give the job to Chris Hargreaves, what's going on.

  • ChrisSmith57  |  June 21 2011, 9:21PM

    wow......cmon Mr Ling...you must have some better news to report than that....there are a lot of season ticket holders waiting to see who we sign before renewing......COYG