Manager and our new striker on his contract with the club
Steven Gillespie today joined Bristol Rovers on a short term deal until the end of the season.
Manager John Ward believes the experienced striker, who he worked with twice before, will have a real ‘appetite’ for the game.
John said: “I have worked with Steven before, at two different clubs; I inherited him at Colchester and signed him at Cheltenham, so I know a little bit about him and his career.
“He has goals in him, and with us needing a goal or two, he became a good find for me.
“Steven is a forward player with a good goals-per-game record, and hopefully he can replicate that here for us.
“He can play in different areas, he is experienced and he can deal with whatever comes his way. He just wants to get his boots on and get playing again.
“I am pleased to get him here, as he should have an appetite for the game.
“The lads will be pleased to see a new face, and I hope the supporters will be pleased to see him.”
And the manager will be assessing Steven’s fitness ahead of Saturday.
John said: “We have to decide how fit and well he is, whether we start with him or whether we use him off the bench.
“We have him on a deal until the end of the season, and if all goes well we can length that.”
Despite offers from other clubs, Steven chose to join Rovers, in part because of his previous work relationship with John Ward.
He said: “I am really pleased, as soon as the call came I was really excited, and I am glad to get it all signed and over the line. I am glad to be back in Bristol.
“John Ward was a big factor in me joining the club, but the fact that it was Bristol Rovers as well was a big part of the decision.
“I did have a couple of offers but the fact that the gaffer was here and it is Bristol Rovers was a massive help.”
And the striker is looking forward to playing first team football and scoring goals for his new club.
He said: “I am looking forward to playing first team football, and it won’t take me much to get up to speed.
“I am here to score goals; that is what I love to do, and hopefully I can help the side out.
“I am pretty much one goal in two for starts throughout my career, which I would like to keep going. I have had spells where I have been quite prolific, but the last 12 months have been frustrating.”
And he is hoping to help push Rovers up the league.
He said: “Hopefully it is a false league position, it is very tight at the bottom at the moment and a couple of wins could put us in mid-table. That is what I am looking forward to doing.”