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Experienced centre-half Aaron Downes was Gary Johnson’s first signing as Cheltenham Town manager, after he penned a one-year deal at the World of Smile Stadium.
Born in New South Wales, Australia the 30-year-old made his professional debut for Chesterfield in 2004, and went on to enjoy a successful eight years with the Spireites. He racked up almost 200 appearances in Derbyshire, as well as spending a brief loan spell with Bristol Rovers, becoming something of a cult hero in the process, before signing for Torquay United.
Downes was soon handed the captain’s armband at Plainmoor, and despite losing out to Cheltenham Town in the League Two play-offs, he was named the Gulls’ player of the year for the 2011/12 season.
The 6’1” defender enjoyed three years in Devon before making the switch to Gloucestershire Stadium in May 2015. He has also represented his country in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and at Under-23 level.