Date: 8th August 2014 at 9:33pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has talked about his excitement at opening our Conference campaign tomorrow against Gateshead and also about how Torquay plan to battle against the big spenders as we look for success and a Football League return.

Starting with the return of the season properly, he told the Official Site that like the players, he couldn’t wait to get going for real now.

‘I’m feeling really good ahead of the first day. We’ve had a strong pre season and it’s been great to be out at the training ground with some sunny weather. My reign last year started in the rain, so we’re really looking forward to Saturday. Gateshead are a good side, but the players are excited by the challenge. It will be a great test for us but we want these games. We want to be playing in a higher league and Saturday is the start of that process.’

Whilst talking about Gateshead’s threats and how good a side they are, having narrowly missed out on promotion last season, Hargreaves said the players don’t fear that because they know we are a good side with quality and threats of our own, and our results and performances over pre season prove that and have given everybody good confidence.

With finances tight, especially following our relegation, Hargreaves also admits we haven’t been shrinking violets in the market ourselves compared to those other clubs spending big at this level in the hope of attaining success also, he still believes we have an advantage over many others.

‘You compete with clubs paying big wages in the way you persuade a player to come down and join a good club, with a good history and a strong set up. For a lot of footballers, that outweighs the money and I know that may surprise people. Joining this club on less money, rather than joining a club with less history, is important to some players.’

Football is overly dominated by the £ thesedays and that has effected all levels but if you identify the right player who values a bit of long term success and delayed rewards over the instant reward, you will always get better service from them because they know the very good money is around the corner when they’ve won something.

‘We have convinced players that this could be the place where your career starts again. Money is not everything.’