Money makes first signing
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Walsall boss Richard Money has made his first summer signing in Tony Bedeau.
Walsall boss Richard Money has made his first summer signing in striker Tony Bedeau from Torquay United.
The 27-year-old arrives in The Black Country after seeing out his contract with The Gulls this past season.
Bedeau has signed a pre-contract agreement with the League Two-bound Saddlers, with the player becoming an official Walsall player on July 1.
The striker's move north to The Bescot Stadium brings a close to an 11-year spell with the South Devon club, with Bedeau making nearly 350 appearances with the Plainmoor outfit.
The Grenada international was pleased with the chance to start afresh with Money's squad.
"I have been at Torquay a long time and felt that I needed a new challenge," Money told the club's official website.
"There were a lot of clubs who expressed an interest in me, but Richard Money did a fantastic job in selling the club to me and one look around the stadium and facilities convinced me that this was the right move.
"There is a superb set-up here and, with respect to Torquay, I see it as a step up.
"The start of the season cannot come soon enough for me now."
Despite losing the services of Bedeau, Torquay boss Ian Atkins is hoping to keep fellow striker Jo-Osei Kuffour.
The former Arsenal trainee has been linked with moves to West Country clubs Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town, but Atkins is hoping Kuffour accepts their new contract offer.
"We have signed Lee Thorpe and Micky Evans to lead the attack, but I still would like to think that Jo Kuffour can stay and give us that pace option," Atkins said.