Date: 19th June 2012 at 4:35pm
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Once an interest was shown there was always likely to be only one outcome, Bobby Olejnik would leave Torquay as he now has.

Peterborough offered the Austrian keeper a chance to play in the championship and with a fee, believed to be around £300,000, agreed his departure has been confirmed.

Martin Ling, as he told the official website, always feared he would lose Olejnik but hoped that it would be another year down the line but the deal was too good all-round to be refused with The Gulls making a tidy profit on a player signed on a free transfer last summer: ‘the move has come a little earlier than I expected because I felt we may get another year from Bobby before a Championship club came in for him.

‘It is a great deal for our club and for Bobby, and my job as a manager is to buy low, sell for a profit and then fetch in low again. That is the nature of the beast in League 2 and this has been a great bit of business.

‘The move has come about pretty quickly but we are in a better position than we were this time last year when we had no goalkeepers.’

Ling now knows he has to work hard to fill this void but is doing so and wishes the keeper all the best for the future having made a move he feels he deserved: ‘obviously, we have lost a very good goalkeeper and I am speaking to agents to say we need a new ‘keeper, as well as the other targets we’re looking at.

‘I would also like to wish Bobby great luck for the future. He has been the ultimate professional and someone we had to drag off the training ground.

‘He has worked immensely hard with goalkeeping coach Ken Veysey and his number two, Martin Rice. I’ve said all along he is the best goalkeeper I’ve worked with as well as being a very pleasant person.

‘He has been a pleasure to have at the club and deserves the move. My hat goes off to Bobby and there is no way we could stand in the way of an opportunity for him at a Championship cub. He has been a pleasure to work with from start to finish.’

Unfortunately this is something that will always happen with Torquay but this transfer has injected valuable finds into the club that will help sustain its long-term future.

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