ELLIOT Benyon has agreed a two-year deal to make a permanent return to Plainmoor.
The predatory striker enjoyed a fabulous first stint as a Gull between 2007-11, when his form earned a high-profile move to Swindon Town.
For some reason, his career then hit the buffers but a loan spell back at TQ1 toward the end of last season was enough to convince manager Alan Knill that such a tireless competitor would be a great addition to our squad for the new campaign.
‘’He was brilliant at the end of the season and I think everyone saw that the longer he was here, the better he became, and the fitter he became,’’ said Alan.
‘’The goals then started to come and he really enjoys being in this area. He loves the football club, feels comfortable living here and was comfortable playing for my team last year. There is no reason why the season ahead will not be a great one for Elliot and we will try our best to make that the case.
‘’He is such a hard-worker on the pitch and that enthusiasm for hard work rubs off on everybody. There is the feeling that if Elliot can do it, and he’s not the biggest, then we can all do it.
‘’He stops the opposition from playing and has lots of attributes, but he has been unlucky. He just needs someone to back him and I’ve said I will do that. He wants to show us what took him away from Torquay in the first place and I was already an admirer back then, but his career then stalled a little bit.
‘’I think he could play as a strike-partner with anyone because he has such an unbelievable work ethic. He played with Rene Howe for much of last year and, although it could have been better, we didn’t really have the time to work on it.
‘’Everyone looks at Elliot and thinks he needs to play with a big man, but I think he can play with anybody because he is so mobile and he has such enthusiasm.’’