Former Norwich midfielder Damon Lathrope has signed a two-year contract with Torquay following a successful trial.
The 20-year-old penned the deal before turning out in the Gulls' 8-0 hammering of Tiverton Town on Monday night.
Torquay boss Paul Buckle has been impressed by what he has seen from Lathrope and had no hesitation in offering the youngster terms.
Buckle told the Herald Express: "Damon has done enough in his time here to deserve his contract.
"He has an abundance of quality on the ball, with two good feet and he has a good pedigree after two years at Norwich."
In the game itself, 19-year-old former Leicester trainee Billy Kee took his pre-season tally to nine with a five-goal salvo in the first half, and Buckle insists the Northern Irish striker can get better.
"Billy Kee is a natural goalscorer, but there's more to come from him yet," he said.