Lathaniel Rowe-Turner: Torquay manager backs 'rough diamond' to succeed

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner
Lathaniel Rowe-Turner made six starts in two seasons for Torquay from 2010

Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson says new left-back Lathaniel Rowe-Turner will be a success at Plainmoor.

The 25-year-old re-joined the club last week after leaving Kidderminster Harriers at the end of his contract.

Rowe-Turner spent two seasons with the Gulls, having joined the club 2010 after leaving Leicester City.

"He's a rough diamond still and he's got a huge amount of potential and I back him to do extremely well," Nicholson told BBC Sport.

"Physically he's got all the attributes and he's at a stage in his career where he knows he's got to really put the work in, because he could still have a really good career ahead of him.

"When he first came in when I was here as a player I thought I could be struggling.

"I managed to fend him off but I think he's a different player now and a different character and I'm looking forward to working with him again."

Rowe-Turner replaces Dan Butler, who turned down a new contract at Torquay to join League Two side Newport County.

"We offered Dan a very good contract and the chance to progress his career here," Nicholson said.

"We thought he should have another year in our system before he tried to take a bigger step up than just one division, but the opportunity came up and he felt he had to do it.

"We wish him well, he's a great lad, I loved working with him, as did everybody here, and his attitude and performances were a big part of what we achieved last season."

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