Port Vale loanee Nathan Smith was on the terraces as Torquay United celebrated staying up in the National League.
Torquay looked favourites to go down at one point but they were allowed to celebrate being officially safe during the 2-2 draw with Barrow.
Smith was unfortunately injured for the closing games of the season but he watched the game with the United fans. He told the Torquay Herald: “I like to get involved, I enjoy the atmosphere and I sing along as best I can – it’s better than sitting in the stand.”
I like to get involved, I enjoy the atmosphere and I sing along as best I can – it’s better than sitting in the stand…
Smith also had reason for a personal celebration as he marked the end of his season-long loan with the Torquay player of the season and young player of the season awards. He told the newspaper: “It’s great to receive the award, especially as I knew it was going to be close. We’ve all worked hard this season, and I would have been happy for any of us to win it.”
It’s fair to say that Smith’s spell has been a huge success with the youngster picking up plenty of accolades for his performances. Torquay manager Kevin Nicholson told the paper: “Nathan’s award is fully deserved – he’s been a fantastic player for me and, as the vote shows, he’s been doing it all season.”
Smith added: “I was made to feel welcome right from the start, and I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”
He appears to have plans on forcing his way into the Vale first-team commenting: “The plan is to go back there, get into pre-season, have a talk with the manager [Rob Page] and take it from there.”