Manager Gary Johnson has strengthened his squad with signing of defender Joe Lewis, 19, on a season-long loan from Championship side Swansea City.

The Gaffer was delighted to have secured the deal of one of the Welsh club’s most promising and versatile young players.

“We’re grateful to Swansea to allow us to loan one of their up-and-coming stars, he’s a centre-back that can also play right-back, left-back or central midfield,” said Johnson

“He’s looking forward to his first loan, he’s definitely our personality and character, and a very competitive footballer, so hopefully it will be a successful loan for both him, us and Swansea.

“He’s been training with us for the past few days, came to our game against Exeter and because of the game itself and the atmosphere the fans created, he was very happy to join us.”

Lewis, who made three appearances for City in the Checkatrade Trophy last season, and is eager to get down to business at Plainmoor, and is excited by the challenge the National League represents.

“It’s a really exciting time, it’s been something that’s been talked of for a little while, and it’s really nice to get it done,” said Lewis.

“Coming to this club in particular, the motivation to push on is really, really attractive from my point of view. It’s a great league to be playing in, and it’s such a big club.”

The Wales U19 international needed little persuasion in joining Johnson’s side, having played against United for Swansea U23s last week.

“I think a lot of the time you hear ‘Torquay’ and you think League One, League Two, that kind of thing. It was really interesting playing last week, knowing you could be there shortly. In terms of the game I was really impressed by what are now my teammates, especially in that first half, the intensity made it a really good game. It also gave me a really good impression of the ground, the club and the fans. It was really impressive.”

The move is subject to receiving international clearance.