Full-back Kevin Nicholson has revealed Torquay's ambition convinced him to agree to a new two-and-a-half-year deal.
Nicholson, who has made more than 200 appearances for the Gulls since arriving from Forest Green in 2007, was delighted to extend his stay in Devon.
"At places like Torquay, players choose to stay because the club is competing at the right end of the league for promotion," he said.
"Martin Ling (Torquay manager) has seen that this season and he wants to try to do that, and we are doing well at the moment.
"It's not a big club and they cannot just throw money around, but if we enjoy what we're doing and how the club is then we're going to want to stay.
"I still think I've got plenty more years in me and I can say with full confidence that the reason I would want to sign is because I know we will be competing towards the top of the league."