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Rovers Sign Defender Joe Martin On Loan

29 August 2018

The club is pleased to announce the arrival of defender Joe Martin from Stevenage on loan until January.

A left-back by trade who is also capable of playing in midfield, Joe has an abundance of Football League experience, with over 300 senior appearances to his name.

The 29-year old was a regular feature for Stevenage last season, making 45 appearances in all competitions, in his only season with the club following his move from Millwall.

Joe was with then-League One Millwall for two seasons, playing 23 league games in the campaign in which they gained promotion to the Championship.

After spending his youth career with both West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur, Joe made his senior bow with Championship Blackpool against Watford in 2008 after signing with the Seasiders on loan.

In July that year, he made his move to Bloomfield Road permanent, staying there for two seasons before moving on to Gillingham in June 2010.

Joe's time with the Gills was his longest with any one club, remaining there for five seasons and helping them gain promotion to League One in 2013; his biggest highlight with the Kentish club.

Upon his arrival, Manager Darrell Clarke said, "We've been lacking a bit of cover at left-back, with Tareiq [Holmes-Dennis] taking a little while longer to make his debut than we had hoped.

"Joe [Martin] offers us experience in that position and we're pleased to have him at the club until the New Year."

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