Former Norwich city youngster, Damon Lathrope, has joined Aldershot Town after being released by Torquay United.

The combative and industrious midfielder renowned for his excellent range of passing, has joined the Shots from the Devon club where he made 122 appearances in four years.

The 24-year-old played a key part in the Gulls reaching back-to-back League Two play-off campaigns before he was released following the club's relegation last season.

Lathrope, who also played eight games for Hereford United in a loan spell last year, said: “I’ve had some really good times at Torquay United but this is definitely the right time for a change, and Aldershot is a great club.

“The fans always create a great atmosphere and I think we’re going to have a really successful season. [Shots defender] Joe Oastler is one of my best friends in football and he had nothing but good things to say about the club and the staff.

"It’s a new chapter in my career and I can’t wait to get started."

Lathrope joined Norwich City's academy in 2006 and was later awarded a professional contract by manager Glenn Roeder in January 2008.

In 2009 he was loaned to Bishops Stortford before signing with Torquay in 2010.

A chuffed Andy Scott added: “I’m delighted to sign Damon – there are probably Football League clubs that will be kicking themselves that they haven’t been able to sign him.

“He did very well at Torquay and was instrumental in them getting to the play-offs.

"He is an out-and-out defensive midfield player, he’s strong and aggressive and a good organiser, and he will enable us to play different players in different formations. He will be a vital cog in our team framework.

“We’re bringing in players at a good age and we’re hopeful that with us they will reach the peak of their abilities. T

"he players have heard good things about the club, how we help them, the squad that we’ve got, the camaraderie amongst the group and the facilities that we provide. That is important to them.”