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Torquay United new boy Rene Howe is hoping to hit the goal trail to help the Gulls fly to automatic promotion in Npower League Two this season.

The former Peterborough United striker made the move to Plainmoor this summer following a myriad of loan spells littered throughout the football league after he failed to hold down a regular first team spot with the Posh.

But now, having signed a permanent deal with Torquay, Howe claims his improved mental state can assist in firing the Devon-based club to glory this season.

"I feel I've grown as a person mentally and when it comes to games I prepare myself well," he told givemefootball."I'm feeling good in myself and if I get in the right position again hopefully I'll score another goal.

"Goals is a great boost to my mentality and hopefully I can carry that on and if the manager puts his trust in me and hopefully I can repay him. I'm enjoying the football that I've been playing and I'm playing with a confidence that I don't think I've been playing with before."

Proof that stability in Howe's career can lead to him producing some of his best form has been evident during pre-season, where upon the confirmation of his two-year deal he bagged four goals in as many games has meant his career with Martin Ling's side has started with a bang.

Pre-season wins over Exeter City and Bristol City have particularly caught the eye, leading many fans to believe the club can bounce back from their play off final defeat to Stevenage, and Howe is another singing the praises of the current squad.

"Some of the lads from last year have said it's a better team than last year so I can only go on what games I've been playing and we've been playing well as a team.

"As a team I feel really confident in us this year and we're pulling together as a team, there are no bad eggs. Everyone's looking for the same goal at the end of the season and that's promotion.”


After signing with Peterborough in 2007, Howe went on to make just 15 appearances with the club, spending most of his career on loan, playing for six different sides in a three year period.

And Howe admits knowing where his future lies for the foreseeable future is a weight off his shoulders. "I've never had a proper pre-season before, I've always been about to be loaned out just as the pre-season started.

"When I knew that I was actually signing a new deal I was kind of more relaxed and being more relaxed my football was improving because I didn't have to worry about other things. Hopefully it can go through the season and I can do well for the team."

Compared to near neighbours Bristol Rovers and newly promoted Crawley Town, Torquay have been relatively quiet in the transfer window, but the 24-year-old Howe is refusing to be intimidated by either club this season.

"I saw better teams than them (Crawley) to be honest, they just had that winning formula," he added. "They've lost a few players (Bristol Rovers), I don't think they'll be as strong as last year but last year was a bad year for the team.

"I think that if you have the right mentality you can beat anyone whether they've got money or not."

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