Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle trials for ex-Torquay youngsters

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Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle have offered trials to the Torquay United youth players who were released after the Gulls closed their academy.

Torquay closed their youth programme to save money after a new consortium took charge the club earlier this month.

Exeter are also hoping to offer chances to former coaches at Torquay.

"We are pleased that we are able to offer each of the boys a trial and a chance to become part of the club," said Simon Hayward of Exeter's academy.

"Sadly many of those invited for a trial will not be offered registrations. We just don't have the space to take everyone, but we feel that every player in their situation deserves the opportunity," added Hayward.

The head of Plymouth Argyle's academy, former Torquay player and manager Kevin Hodges, said: "We have found ourselves in the position where we have been inundated with telephone calls from concerned parents.

"Members of our technical board have also been proactive since we first heard of Torquay's decision and have been in contact with the club to offer their support.

"We are keen to offer opportunities to the players and staff where possible."

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