Torquay United have confirmed that former Gulls, Exeter City and Weymouth defender Steve Tully has returned to Plainmoor to step up a career in coaching.
Tully, 33, is United’s new Academy Youth Phase coach, in charge of the club’s Under-12 to Under-16 age-groups.
He takes over from veteran ex-Ipswich Town youth coach Malcolm Moore, who left Torquay earlier this season.
“Although Steve hasn’t got vast coaching experience, he’s got great playing experience and he works well with the kids,” said United’s Head of Youth, Geoff Harrop.
“It’s also an advantage that Steve knows the club well, he lives locally as he always has done and he’s working towards his UEFA ‘A’ coaching licence.”
After graduating through Plainmoor’s former youth scheme, Tully made 125 appearances before being released in 2002. He went on to play more than 270 times in six-and-a-half years at Exeter City, punctuated by two spells with Weymouth, before leaving St. James’ Park last summer.
This season, father-of-two Tully – he also coaches the Grecians’ Ladies team – has played for Tiverton Town and Truro City.
Tully has already started work at Torquay, who also announced the appointment this week of ex-Plymouth Argyle stalwart Kevin Nancekivell as their new Professional Development Phase coach.
Meanwhile, United are doing their best to beat the weather, avoid a third successive Plainmoor postponement and keep Saturday's key League Two home game against Bury on.
Most of the pitch is taking the rain well, and two problem areas on each side of the ground are covered.
“We are preparing to play, 100 per cent we are,” said manager Chris Hargreaves, whose first three matches in charge have all been away.
“I’ll be out there with my fork on Saturday morning if necessary.
“If you take your foot off the gas in training and start thinking that a game is off before a decision is made, that’s asking for trouble.”
Hargreaves has extended Brighton and Hove Albion forward Shamir Goodwin’s loan to a second month – and the Torquay manager is also hoping to keep AFC Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley for a third month.
Goodwin, 19, has made one substitute and one full appearance under Hargreaves.