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Torquay to remain professional even if they get relegated

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Torquay United owner Clarke Osborne has confirmed that the club will remain full-time and professional whatever happens over the final six weeks of the season including if they get relegated. 

“Gary, his staff, the players and supporters have my congra­tula­tions for an excellent win at Leyton Orient,” said Osborne. “It was brilliant that 155 travelled so far from home on a Tuesday night. Radio Devon kept me on the edge of my seat during the whole of this very exciting game, with my anxiety levels spiking in the last two minutes when our defence almost conceded, and we were saved by the woodwork.

“I have heard suggestion, should we be relegated to the National League South, we will follow the norm and become a part-time football club. This will not happen; the club will remain full-time and fully professional, and will be funded for promotion.

“We have invested into a new youth system, stadium upgrades, the reor­ga­nisa­tion and strengthening of management and systems, and the background work for major redevelopment of a new stadium and academy. This is not a plan for moving down a league and going part-time, this is a plan for the long-term sustainable success of Torquay United."

JC

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