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Posted: Wed 15 Feb 2017
Author: Patrick Tinkler
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Midfielder joins from Championship side Queens Park Rangers

Torquay United are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Gianni Crichlow from Queens Park Rangers on a work experience loan deal until the end of the season.

Crichlow (18) joins from the Rs after starring for the club’s U18s side last season where he scored ten goals in eighteen appearances. He joined QPR in 2010 and can operate on the wing or as a forward. The move is subject to the completion of paperwork.

“We are happy to have Gianni on board,” said player-manager Kevin Nicholson.

“He is a quick, explosive player who likes to get at his man and deliver crosses.”

With winger David Fitzpatrick returning to his parent club AFC Wimbledon, Crichlow will bolster player-manager Kevin Nicholson’s options heading into Saturday’s match away to Barrow.

Crichlow moved up an age group this season and comes from Queens Park Rangers’ U-23 age group.

“I’m trying to gain experience and get as many goals and assists for the club as I can,” said Gianni.

“I’m looking to Torquay to help me progress in my career.”

“I think I bring pace and good end product. Assists and goals – those are the things I look to bring to the team.

Crichlow arrives at Plainmoor with the words of former Torquay United player Paul Hall ringing in his ears. Hall made an impression early on in his career with the Gulls, and made 93 league appearances from 1990-1993 scoring 19 goals.

“My coach [Paul Hall] is a previous Torquay United player so he spoke to me about his past experiences with the club. From him I got the confidence to come down here; I’m more relaxed than I would have been if I hadn’t have known anyone from Torquay.

“He enjoyed his time here. He said he came at a young age and the fans gave him the confidence to express himself. He made a real impact at the club and he said to go and express myself”.