The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 16th May 2012
Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club Tiverton Town`s striker believes he impressed Torquay manager Martin Ling when on trial at the end of April with the npower League Two club. Nardiello – a former Liverpool and Manchester United youth-team player who is trying to rebuild his career after a pelvic condition – is still in the dark over the potential deal, although it is understood it could hinge on the Gulls' promotion bid.
"I'm still waiting," the 23-year-old former Plymouth Argyle triallist said: "The trial itself went very well. With my background, I do have a bit of experience of playing and training with first-team players, so I think that stood me in good stead – football is a game of experience.
"I have no idea when I will be told of any developments. Martin Ling has been superb with me and he had a chat with Tiverton manager Mark Saunders about it.
"Martin Ling has made it clear that I can come in whenever I want, although he has already seen enough of me to make a decision.
"If I get the move, then obviously I would be made up, but if not I'm quite happy to stay with Tivvy.
"I don't think I've had a particularly amazing year, personally. The objective, really, was to stay injury-free and I managed that. But it was a huge compliment that a club like Torquay had confidence that I can do even better, so I'm waiting to hear what happens."
Should the striker leave Ladysmead, it would come as a blow for the Yellows, given that Nardiello, who also had a spell with West Bromwich Albion, led the club's scoring charts with a dozen league goals.
Finding the net was an area in which Tivvy struggled for much of the season, with just fifty-two goals in their forty league matches.
Their superb defensive record helped make up for their profligacy in front of goal, but Nardiello conceded it would be a wrench to leave after two seasons at Tivvy.
"We will just have to wait and see what happens. Apart from that relegation last year, Tiverton are a fantastic, fantastic club," he said.
"The people who run the club and the supporters are superb, and there's always a loyal bunch who follow us both home and away.
"I think our target next season has 100 per cent got to be the play-offs. With the squad we have and the experience we have, they are definitely within reach of us. If we are going for the play-offs, then why not the championship?"