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Setback for Torquay United as Jordan Chapell goes back to Sheffield

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 12, 2013

By David Thomas

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Jordan Chapell. Picture by Torbay News Agency

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Torquay United have lost the second of manager Alan Knill's loan signings, after Sheffield United recalled winger Jordan Chapell.

Last week, the Blades' npower League One rivals Notts County ended midfielder Joss Labadie's stay at Plainmoor, after he had scored four goals in seven games for the Gulls.

Now Sheffield United, who parted company with manager Danny Wilson this week, have recalled 20-year-old winger Chapell after he made five appearances for Torquay.

"Joss has gone back and straight into Notts County's first team and Chris Morgan, who has taken over from Danny Wilson at Sheffield United, is a fan of Jordan's and is thinking of doing the same with him," Knill revealed yesterday.

"We weren't expecting it and Danny Wilson leaving Bramall Lane hasn't been good timing for us, because the situation has obviously changed there.

"It's obviously disappointing to lose both loan players, but you have to be pleased for the players concerned."

Torquay have no option but to take the 'hit', but at least they will have a goalkeeper to face Barnet in tomorrow's crucial League Two relegation 'six-pointer' at Plainmoor.

Knill revealed that, although Michael Poke (rib muscle) will not make it, Martin Rice will be fit.

Rice sustained a strain in his side during last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Gillingham, but he is due to train today.

The Gulls, who announced a boardroom reshuffle including the installation of new chairwoman Thea Bristow this week, are also in contract talks with some of the 16 players whose current deals are up in the summer.

One of them is leading scorer Rene Howe, although he is believed to have been mulling over a new contract since the New Year.

For the last five games Howe has been playing within one booking of a three-match suspension, but Knill does not think it is cramping his style too much.

"If anything, it makes Rene think more about his actions, because a few of his bookings weren't for fouls or challenges, but for kicking the ball away or remonstrating with officials," said Knill.

"We've just told Rene to go out and play, and I think he's doing that."

Torquay have confirmed that they will not be holding a minute's silence before tomorrow's kick-off for the late Baroness Thatcher.

The Gulls have other plans, to help crank up the atmosphere for such a vital game, including the introduction of several popular players from years gone by.

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