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First for Sinclair

16 July 2014

Midfielder on pre-season game at Cheltenham

Midfielder Stuart Sinclair played his first game in a Rovers shirt in Tuesday night’s pre-season game at Cheltenham and looked quite comfortable in midfield.

Afterwards the former Salisbury player said; “I was pleased to get what was almost a full game under my belt.

“It’s great to be at this football club. One of the attractions of joining was, of course, the fact that I knew the manager and the way he works.

But, let’s be honest, this is a massive club with a great fan base and that was another major reason for coming here.

“This side should win promotion and that’s why I’m here. I want to be a winner and I want to progress and this is a fantastic opportunity for me.

“The lads and staff here have been fantastic and it’s been an awesome couple of weeks and I hope we can keep progressing and really push on.”

He’s just come through two very hard weeks of pre-season training.

“It’s been tough, but I do train hard and try to keep myself as fit as possible.

“It’s all in the bank though, that’s the whole point. Hopefully we can go out and show that on the pitch now.”

This will be only his second season as a full time professional.

“I was full time at Salisbury last season, but part time the season before that, training two days per week.

“With the opportunity I’ve been given here, I hope I can carry on and continue to play full time for the rest of my career.”

He felt that last night’s game was a good test for the side.

“It was and, to be honest, I don’t think there’s too much difference between the Conference and League Two.

“The top Conference teams are fit, strong, good on the ball, comfortable in possession and press high. In addition, they are clinical in both areas.

“I expect us to be up at the top of the league from the start, and to push in every game.

“Looking too far ahead isn’t, in my opinion, ideal. We need to play the game, win it and move on to the next one.

“I think that’s how you should approach things, rather than look too far ahead which only puts pressure on everyone.”

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