CHRIS CALLS ON OLD PAL WAR­REN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Isaac Wil­liam

TORQUAY boss Chris Har­g­reaves claims the sign­ing of Jack Rudge could be the first of many from Manch­ester United.

Har­g­reaves knows Red Devils’ U21s boss War­ren Joyce from their brief spell to­gether at Hull City in the mid-90s.

And af­ter se­cur­ing 19year-old mid­fielder Rudge for a month, the Gulls man­ager is hope­ful of de­vel­op­ing a re­la­tion­ship with the Old Traf­ford gi­ants.

“I’ve known War­ren for many years, since we were both play­ers,” said Har­g­reaves.

“I’d like to get a closer link with Manch­ester United tied up, and this sign­ing could be the start. We are hop­ing to build bridges be­tween the two clubs which, you never know, could lead to fur­ther sign­ings in the fu­ture.

“When we moved for Jack last week, Lee Mansell (back) had just got in­jured and we weren’t sure that Joss Labadie would be able to turn his loan into a per­ma­nent deal, so we might have been a bit light in mid­field.

“We didn’t know that Manse was go­ing to get back fit quite so quick, or that Joss would sign, so Jack wasn’t re­ally needed at Portsmouth on Satur­day and there wasn’t a rush to get him down here.

“He’s with us now, and we’ll hope­fully give him some first­team foot­ball.”

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