“I see myself as a good organiser” announced central defender Peter Hartley on joining Rovers, having previously captained Hartlepool, Stevenage and Plymouth in the Football League.
Following a Sunderland appearance as a New Year’s Day 2007 substitute against Leicester City, seven of his 12 games with Chesterfield were at Saltergate, prior to a return to the north east.
Reliable and consistent at the Victoria Ground, Hartley added goals during his spell at his hometown club, the first coming against Tranmere Rovers in October 2009 and the best, a volley, helping defeat Oldham Athletic on New Year’s Day 2011.
Hartley was Players’ Player of the Year in 2011/12 and League One Player of the Month for February 2013, when his place alongside James Poole amused commentators at Hartlepool matches.
Relegated from League One with Hartlepool and, despite goals against Port Vale and Crawley Town, Stevenage in successive seasons preceded two fruitful campaigns at Home Park. Vocal and with a determined attitude and committed displays, as he was described at Plymouth, his last gasp far post header defeated Portsmouth in the League Two play off semi final of May 2016 and Hartley’s final contribution in an Argyle shirt was to appear in the 2-0 defeat at Wembley which saw Wimbledon promoted.
Before his arrival in Horfield, he had played five times in the League against Rovers, three times with Hartlepool and in both the 2015/16 fixtures with Argyle.
Peter made his Rovers debut on the opening day of the current season, in a 3-1 defeat at Scunthorpe and scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw against Southend on 20th August 2016.