David Fitzpatrick’s loan stay at the Club is due to end and Saturday's match will be the last time Gulls fans see him in a Yellow shirt this season.
The loan move has been a mutually beneficial with the winger benefitting from regular 1st team football while contributing on the pitch with goals and assists.
Kevin Nicholson wanted to keep ‘Fitz’ for the rest of the season but with the winger wanting to return back to AFC Wimbledon to fight for a contract, a third and final (under FA rules) month’s loan was the only alternative.
Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson has been delighted with 'Fitzy's' progress since joining the Club.
"This will be the last game for 'Fitzy' and he has been a pleasure to work with," said Nicholson.
"I totally understand his reasons for wanting to go back to AFC Wimbledon and show Neal Ardley what he can do with the experience that he has picked up here and I hope he earns himself a deal for next season.
Fitzpatrick himself couldn’t be more pleased with how the move developed.
What were your expectations before joining the club?
“I knew Torquay were an established club with what they have done in the past, and I knew they used to be a League side. I knew they were a big club in the National League," said David.
“I expected just to see how many games I could get and help the club out as much as I could. I feel like this has been a successful loan for me.
How important was it to sign your loan extensions and keep your progression going?
“100%. A massive reason was that I get on with the management staff really well and I enjoy training - I was improving. The lads, the club, were also a massive reason for me to stay.
What are the highlights of your stay?
“Even though we didn’t get the win, when we played away at Forest Green Rovers I personally felt I had a good game. I’ve never had four assists, a goal, and not won before. I really enjoyed that game.
“My second highlight would be our win over Forest Green at Plainmoor.”
What will you take away from your stay?
“I’ll take away a lot more knowledge and the experience of playing 1st team football. I’ll also take away some mates that I will definitely stay in contact with.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time working with the staff because I think the Gaffer and Robbie Herrera are excellent coaches.”
What would you say to another young player who was thinking about joining TUFC?
“100% do it. The whole setup of the club and the fans are amazing. The club is set up perfectly for you to kick on from. As you’ve seen from past players that have joined the club who have gone on to bigger things, this is one of the best places to propel from.”
Everyone at Torquay United would like to wish David the very best for the future.