JORDAN CHAPELL and Courtney Cameron have become Torquay United’s third and fourth signings of the 2013 summer after reporting for pre-season training and then passing medical examinations yesterday.
Gulls manager Alan Knill had lined up the two young wingers – Chapell, 21, arrives from Sheffield United and Cameron, 20, from Aston Villa – before the weekend, and they follow experienced right-back Dale Tonge and returning striker Elliot Benyon into the club.
Knill had shown his regard for Chapell by signing him on loan near the end of last season, to help keep Torquay in League Two.
The former Blades scholar was recalled just as he seemed to be getting into his stride at Plainmoor, but Knill has persuaded new Sheffield boss David Weir to waive the final year of Chapell’s contract at Bramall Lane in return for a sell-on clause should the player make money for the Gulls.
“I believe there’s lots of potential in Jordan – he’s had a good grounding and he’s a player I’ve seen play many times at youth and reserve level over the last few years,” said Knill.
“It was a disappointment for us when he was recalled last time, and as soon as I realised that he could be available again, I went for it.
“One of the best things about Jordan is his versatility – he can play on either wing or as a striker.”
Of Northampton-born Cameron, who spent nearly four months on loan at Rotherham last season, Knill said: “He’s always been on my shortlist, and I’ve worked hard to get him here.
“Villa paid big money (£35,000) to get him from Northampton when he was 16. He’s a natural winger with pace, and I think we can help make him into a player who can go higher than League Two level.”
Chapell and Cameron have arrived just in time for a real baptism – two testing days, with an overnight in the open, at the Royal Marines Training Barracks at Stonehouse, Plymouth.
It’s the second successive year that United have accepted the Stonehouse ‘hospitality’, and they will say Thankyou by meeting the Marines’ XI in their first friendly match at Plainmoor on Friday night (7pm), in aid of the Help For Heroes fund.
Meanwhile Danny Stevens, the winger released in May after six years at Plainmoor, has been training with Leyton Orient and hoped to get a run-out in a friendly at Chelmsford last night.
There is still no firm news on two other ex-Gulls, centre-back Brian Saah and centre-forward Rene Howe.
But there have been rumours linking Saah with League One Bristol City, and SPL club Hibernian are reported to be interested in Howe.