Villis seals Gulls move

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Torquay United have been boosted by the arrival of defender Matthew Villis from Plymouth Argyle.

Villis joins The Gulls on a free transfer from their Devon rivals, having played for the entire previous season on loan with the Plainmoor club.

Despite being offered a one-year deal with The Pilgrims, the former Bridgwater Town centre back has opted to continue his career with the League Two outfit.

With Villis under 24 years of age, Gulls chairman Mike Bateson has reached a deal with his Home Park counterpart Paul Stapleton, in which Plymouth will receive half of any future transfer fee for the 21-year-old.

"It's the sort of deal in which everybody wins - we get the player, the player gets the chance to break into regular first team football and his old club retain a chance to cash in, if he makes it big time," Bateson told the club's official website.

"I'm very pleased he's joined us."

The news comes as attacking midfielder Martin Phillips put pen to paper on the two-year contract he agreed with Torquay earlier this month.

Gulls manager Leroy Rosenior believes the latest developments are positive signs for the upcoming campaign.

"With Martin Phillips putting pen to paper today (Monday) and more signings expected this week, we will soon have the squad I want," Rosenior said.