Torquay United defender Ben Gerring agrees Weston-super-Mare loan switch

PUBLISHED: 11:22 28 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 28 January 2017

Ben Gerring has travelled with the Weston-super-Mare squad to Whitehawk for this afternoon's match.

Ben Gerring has travelled with the Weston-super-Mare squad to Whitehawk for this afternoon's match.

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Weston-super-Mare FC have signed an experienced central defender on loan from National League side Torquay United.

Ben Gerring agreed a one-month move to the Woodspring Stadium yesterday (Friday) and could make his debut this afternoon at Whitehawk.

Head coach Scott Bartlett believes the 26-year-old will provide some useful experience for his youthful squad.

He said: “We have felt for some time that if the right player became available we would look to add a defender to our group.

“We have been an injury or suspension away from being a little short in that area,

“Ben has lots of experience, knows the level and is a bit unlucky to find himself out of favour currently at Torquay.

“We have another important run of games ahead of us and this gives us options, cover and competition across the back line ”

Gerring, who is 6ft 3ins, started out at Plymouth Argyle and has also played for Hayes & Yeading United, Cambridge City and Gosport Borough.

He has made 16 appearances for Torquay this season, scoring twice and played for the Gulls in last Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Woking.

However, he has been sent off twice this season and received a six-match ban in October from the FA after making an offensive gesture to the crowd.

Torquay player-manager Kevin Nicholson says he decided to let Gerring leave temporarily because he could not guarantee him a starting spot.

Nicholson said: “I wish ‘Gez’ all the best at Weston,

“I had to be very honest with him as it’s the least he deserves because he is a good guy, but having brought in a couple of defenders he would’ve found himself down the pecking order.

“Going out to Weston gives him the platform to either prove me wrong, or get himself a deal for next season.

“We have been through some good times together here and he was a big part of ‘The Great Escape’ and a local boy done good, so the door is not closed but he has work to do and so do we.”

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