Torquay United boss Chris Hargreaves is eager to strengthen ties with Manchester United.
Torquay have taken United midfielder Jack Rudge on-loan.
Hargreaves told the Torquay Express "I'd like to get a closer link with Manchester United tied up, and this signing could be the start.
"We are hoping to build bridges between the two clubs which, you never know, could lead to further signings in the future.
"When we moved for Jack last week, Lee Mansell [back] had just got injured and we weren't sure that Joss Labadie would be able to turn his loan into a permanent deal, so we might have been a bit light in midfield.
"We didn't know that Manse was going to get back fit quite so quick, or that Joss would sign, so Jack wasn't really needed at Portsmouth on Saturday and there wasn't a rush to get him down here.
"He's with us now, and we'll hopefully give him some experience of football at this end of the game."
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