Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stage set for Torpey

Source: Shropshire Star

Winger Steve Torpey is eager to get back on the “big stage” at AFC Telford United – and play his part in a major promotion challenge.

The 27-year-old has joined on a one-year contract from the Bucks’ Blue Square North rivals Stalybridge Celtic.

And he admits the bigger and more vocal support he is likely to encounter at the New Bucks Head played heavily in his decision.

Torpey has previously played for FC United of Manchester – a flourishing rebel club set up by disgruntled Manchester United fans – and revelled in the chance to perform in front of four-figure crowds.

“I was waiting to hear what was happening at Stalybridge and I was speaking to another couple of clubs, but once I knew Telford were interested I wanted to come here,” the ex-Liverpool trainee said.

“The fan base and the chance to play on the big stage again is probably the main factor.

“I wanted to play for a club that will be competing and trying to win the league or at least be up there.

“To play in front of 1,500 or 2,000 fans every other week is a big thing for me as well. I got a taste of that at FC United and that was probably the most enjoyable season of my career so far.

“I think Telford is run in a similar way to them and I can’t wait to get going.”

Torpey, who runs his own business, Major Sports Coaching, in Wigan, has primarily been signed to give Telford better delivery from the wings, but he also hopes to make an impact on the scoring charts as well.

“I do my best to chip in with the goals,” he added. “It’s one of my strengths – I’ve got an eye for goal and I don’t mind a long-range shot.”