Date: 21st May 2015 at 5:22pm
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Torquay have announced a pre season friendly with Exeter City, Dan Lavercombe earned himself a trial at Liverpool and a few other bits of news.

Starting with the friendly, we will host Paul Tisdale’s Exeter Side at Plainmoor on Friday July 31.

The game will kick off at 7.30pm and is likely to be our last friendly of the 2015-16 build up.

Goalkeeper Lavercombe is now spending a week with Liverpool on a trial basis, and manager Chris Hargreaves explained.

‘We’re not talking about a permanent move for Dan, at least not yet. Liverpool have had him watched and like him, and they have asked us if they can have a closer look at him. It’s a win-win situation for us – the worst that can happen is that Dan gets more good experience, a bit of Liverpool FC rubs off on him and he comes back to us the better for it.’

With takeover talks being close to fruition, before collapsing and beginning with potentially interested different parties, Torquay made two statements of late.

The first from Bill Phillips talking about the breakdown of those initially positive talks.

‘While this news came as a setback, this is not time for doom and gloom, as talks with other interested parties have already reopened, including a lengthy meeting at the Launa Windows Stadium over the weekend. The incredible generosity of Thea Bristow has left Torquay United in a healthy position for new people to move this club forward and the hard work of finding fresh investment is well under way.’

Phillips went on to say that the club were extremely grateful to an anonymous donation the club had also received from a fan, but they will honour the request for anonymity.

‘As a Conference Football Club, we have so much in our favour, starting with a fantastic stadium to rival almost every other club at this level, as well as the construction of a new link road to the town making a visit to Torquay more comfortable than ever. Above all else, we have a superbly loyal, committed and passionate fanbase, who continue to show wonderful support to the team through what has been a difficult couple of seasons. Just to see the amazing numbers that travel the length of the country to follow the Gulls gives everyone great heart.’

Phillips also accepted that communication from the club in the last few weeks should’ve been better to the fans as it had been an uncertain and unclear time for fans.

‘It has been a time of painful uncertainty for everyone connected to Torquay United and the criticism of poor communication has been levelled at the club. This is something we accept and apologise for, although there have been circumstances beyond our control in certain situations.’

With talks continuing with other parties, a second statement was released in relation to our youth setup.

‘While talks continue with potential new investors of Torquay United Football Club, the current Board would like to make it clear that we are very keen to maintain the Youth Academy at the Launa Windows Stadium. We fully understand that recent months have brought significant uncertainty for both our Academy staff and the parents of young boys currently within the system.’

The statement goes on to say that with the emergence of talented youngsters this season like Levi Ives, Daniel Lavercombe, Oneil Odofin and Liam Prynn, it stands as clear evidence for how important a youth set up is to a club like Torquay and that is something the club will continue.

‘We are well aware that there is more exciting talent coming through at all age groups and the coaching staff in the Academy have done a superb job. It is impossible to give anyone a guarantee at this present time but please be assured that the current Board are fully behind the youth department.’

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