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ROY McFARLAND'S search for fresh blood at Torquay has led to him making a bid for another Cambridge United player - striker David Chillingworth.

McFarland was rebuffed in an approach to sign former Gulls youngster Luke Guttridge last week, but he has returned to The Abbey in an attempt to sign Chillingworth, who was voted Cambridge's Young Player of the Year last season.

However, he may be further frustrated in his attempts to land the promising starlet, with U`s boss John Beck saying the development of youngsters is an important part of his plans at the club.

Meanwhile, former Hull City midfielder Gary Brabin has held preliminary talks over a possible move to Plainmoor.

Brabin was training with The Gulls` West Country rivals Plymouth last week, but manager Paul Sturrock decided against making a move for him.

Brabin is joined at Plainmoor by former Hull colleague David Brown (pictured) and one-time Chelsea striker Mark Nicholls.

Brown, 23, was released by The Tigers after boss Brian Little decided on a mass summer overhaul at Boothferry Park and he will be hoping to impress Mcfarland after joining the club for training this week.

"I think we do need another forward, and we will have a good look at David Brown this week," said McFarland.

"I have seen him play several times, and he was a player I was interested in when I was at Cambridge and he was a youngster at Old Trafford.

"There is a chance to earn himself a contract, and the opportunity is there for him."

Nicholls, 24, made 16 appearances for the London club, but was another victim of the influx of foreigners at Stamford Bridge. He has been training at Plainmoor for the past week and a decision is expected to be made on him in the next few days.