Rice bubbling after Gulls switch

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Goalkeeper Martin Rice is determined to grasp his second chance at Torquay after re-signing for the club.

The 25-year-old returned to Plainmoor on Friday as back-up to fellow summer signing Bobby Olejnik, two years after leaving the Gulls to play regular football with part-time non-league outfit Truro. But despite appreciating his time with the Blue Square Bet South club, Rice is hungry to succeed back among the professional ranks.

"I know Truro is a lower league but it was still highly competitive first-team football and we played against some big lads," he told the club's official website. "You learn from the mistakes you make and hopefully second time around will be better."

He added: "I want to work with Bobby and help him along as well. If the opportunity does arise for me to play, I have to take it. I'm here to train hard and be the best I can.

"Sometimes you can take it for granted that you're a professional footballer.

"I came through the ranks at Exeter, moved to Torquay and then suddenly went part-time. I had a good season last year but I found it tough.

"I was working on a building site from 7.30am until 5pm and then travelled down to Truro to train in the evening."

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