Martin Rice and Niall Thompson sign new Torquay United deals

Niall Thompson (left) and Martin Rice
Martin Rice and Niall Thompson are the second and third players to agree new deals at Plainmoor

Torquay have agreed a new one-year deal with goalkeeper Martin Rice and six-month deal with winger Niall Thompson.

Rice, 28, played 35 games for the Gulls last season, keeping three clean sheets, as he kept Michael Poke out of the team following a pre-season injury.

Thompson, 20, started just one game last season, making three further substitute appearances.

The Torquay academy graduate had loan spells at non-league sides Gloucester City and Worcester City.

''The main thing has been securing my future with the club and I feel I can relax now, enjoy the next two weeks off and get ready to go for pre-season in July,'' said Rice, who

''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, that the team to do well. Improvement only comes with games and I will train hard to be better every game."

Gulls skipper Lee Mansell, goalkeeper Michael Poke and midfielder Damon Lathrope are still to decide whether to accept Torquay's offer of a new contract.