Recruitment Update

Bristol Rovers Football Club is delighted to confirm the new structure of the recruitment department at the club.

George Friend will be retiring from playing with immediate effect, and after consultation with Matt Taylor and the board, will be taking on the role of Director of Football. George has had an illustrious career spanning 19 years, throughout which he made over 500 appearances. 

On his retirement, George said: “I’ve learnt something from every single person on my journey. I want to thank all those who helped me achieve more than I could have ever imagined. Team mates, staff, managers, owners and fans."

Regarding his new role, George said: “I now remain determined and ambitious to succeed in my role here at Rovers. It is where I started my footballing journey as a youngster, and it feels very apt that it’s where I will finish playing.”

As part of the changes to the department, Chris Spendlove has been promoted from Chief Scout to Head of Recruitment. 

Adam Mahoney has taken on a new role as Head of Data and Analysis in the recruitment department. 

On these changes, Matt Taylor said: “I am delighted we have assembled this team and am excited by what the future will bring. There is a lot of work to do ahead of the summer, and the team are already working tirelessly to ensure that we attract the right players to the club.”

Club Chairman Hussain AlSaeed said: “This new department is a step forward for the football club. We will give this team our full backing and all the tools they need to help us achieve success. We wish them well in their new roles.”

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