EXETER City have signed former Torquay United striker Ryan Bowman from Scottish side Motherwell.

The 27-year-old has moved to St James’ Park for a nominal undisclosed fee after making 72 appearances for Motherwell after joining them from the Gulls in 2016.

Bowman’s arrive appears to indicate that Exeter are resigned to losing top scorer Jayden Stockley, who has Preston North End, Millwall and MK Dons reportedly fighting for his signature. Stockley has been given permission to clubs that have triggered a release clause in his contract.

Carlisle-born Bownan, though, is excited about returning to Devon and helping Exeter push for promotion to League One.

“There was a couple of clubs ringing up about me as I was coming to the end of my contract with Motherwell and I thought it was time for a change,” said Bowman.  “I spoke to the manager a few times and he sold the club to me really well. Eric Kinder is here too and I worked with him at youth team level and that was a big part in why I joined as well. I am just delighted to get started.

“Hopefully, we can push towards League One and I can be a big part of that and score as many goals as I can.”

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