Date: 1st July 2014 at 10:58pm
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Goalkeeper Martin Rice has signed a 12 month extension at Plainmoor keeping him on our books until the end of the coming season.

Having started last season as our designated number 2 goalkeeper to Michael Poke, injury gave him his shot between the sticks, and despite the disappointment of our season pretty much all the way through, he didn’t do himself any harm and made some very important saves, impressing along the way.

Having now signed on for longer, despite our relegation, Rice told the Official Site that he was looking forward to the new campaign, and looking forward to Torquay having a far more successful season than we managed in 2013-14.

‘The main thing has been securing my future with the club and I feel I can relax now, and get ready to go for pre season in July. Last season was massively important for me as an individual. I was lucky enough to get the chance to start the season with Pokey being injured and I felt I performed to the best I could. I still feel there is more to come and I want to carry on doing well, and most importantly, the team to do well. Improvement only comes with games and I will train hard to be better every game.’

Rice acknowledges that winning promotion from the Conference can actually be harder to achieve than winning promotion from League 2 itself, but he knows we have done it before with Chris Hargreaves as skipper so he sees now reason why we can’t do it again, this time with him as manager.

Having initially joined us as a free agent from Exeter back in 2007, in his first spell with us he made 14 appearances for our first team across all competitions and then he moved on to Truro as a free agent. Since returning in 2011 he has added a further 41 appearances to that number at Plainmoor, 35 of them coming last season as he failed to feature in a league match in his first year second time round.