18102022 Sinclair Rovers Return

After eighteen years, Scott Sinclair has returned to Bristol Rovers on a short-term deal.

Joining the club's Centre of Excellence as an eight-year-old schoolboy from Bath, he was eventually allocated squad number 34, making two substitute appearances for Rovers' first team, against Leyton Orient and Rushden & Diamonds in the 2004/05 season.

A 90th-minute cameo appearance against Orient was followed by a slightly longer 88th-minute appearance against Rushden, so his Rovers first-team career probably amounted to five minutes!

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His form for the youth and reserve teams up to that point had been phenomenal and it was no surprise when he would join Chelsea as a 16-year-old, in spite of attempts by Rovers to hang on to him.

The eventual fee was decided by tribunal and Scott would go on to play for a number of top clubs, including Celtic, Manchester City and Aston Villa, making a return to The Mem with the Midlands side in a friendly during the summer of 2016.


Sinclair, 33, will wear the number 7 shirt for the Gas and said: "I'm delighted to back at the place where my career began. I've been training for a couple of weeks and The Quarters is certainly very different to where we trained when I was younger! I've always wanted to come back to the club to give back what they've given me at the start of my footballing journey."

Rovers boss Joey Barton said: "We are delighted to have brought Scott into the group. He has been training with us for a couple of weeks now. We're enjoying having him in with us. He's a fit lad, his experience and quality is superb and he will strengthen us further as we move into these winter months."

Sinclair, who has signed until January, is not available for tonight's game with Swindon in the Papa John's Trophy, but could come into contention for selection for this Saturday's clash with table-topping Plymouth Argyle.

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