UNITED manager Alan Knill has added two more faces to his squad for the opening game of the season against Wimbledon on Saturday.
The new boys are both strikers, with experienced forward Karl Hawley agreeing a two-year contract and youngster Callum Ball signing a two-month loan deal from Derby County.
Along with Elliot Benyon and Ashley Yeoman, the boss now has four forwards in his armoury, as well as four wingers, and the emerging talent of Daniel Sullivan in a very promising attacking department.
‘’I’ve signed Karl Hawley and Callum Ball, which gives us four strikers and I’m delighted to have them,’’ said Alan. ‘’I know Karl really well from when I had him at Scunthorpe and he has always scored goals in his career.
‘’Karl is a proper man. When you grip his hand, it’s a proper handshake. He’s strong and powerful, and I felt we needed a little bit of experience as well.
‘’We’ve been looking for a different type of player to play with Elliot and Ash. We were let down on some but, all of a sudden, Callum has become available.
‘’I didn’t think we’d have a chance of signing him [Ball] but, fortunately for us, Derby County manager Nigel Clough has allowed him to move. Callum feels it will be a good move for himself and we’re delighted to have players of this calibre come to Torquay United. Callum is initially here on a youth loan and we will look at it again in October.
‘’Karl is a permanent signing and I’ve been speaking to him for well over two months. It’s taken a while for various reasons but we’re delighted to have him. He is a little short of match-fitness but still looks fit and strong.’’
Karl Hawley began his career at Walsall, from where he enjoyed loan spells with Hereford and Raith Rovers. He then briefly moved to Hednesford Town before three terrific years at Carlisle United.
A two-year stint at Preston came next, during which time he was sent on loan to Northampton and Colchester. Karl signed for Notts County in 2009, staying at Meadow Lane for three seasons, apart from a temporary stint at Crawley. Karl spent last season at Scunthorpe.
The CV of Callum Ball is slightly shorter but remains impressive. A powerful young forward, Ball broke into the first team at Pride Park as a teenager in 2010. He also enjoyed a loan move to Coventry last season.
Both deals are subject to the completion of all the necessary paperwork.