Essex-born midfielder Harry Pell was handed a two-year deal by Gary Johnson in June 2015, following his departure from the Robins’ Vanarama National League rivals Eastleigh.
Though only 23, Pell has racked nearly 200 career appearances following his graduation from the Charlton Athletic academy. After a brief spell with Hastings United, the 6’4” midfielder signed for Bristol Rovers, making 10 appearances before switching to Hereford United.
It was at Edgar Street where the midfielder began to make a name for himself, as he shone for the Bulls in their two-legged Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie against Cheltenham Town in 2012. The Robins were victorious, earning a tie against Everton, and days after the game, Pell turned down a move to the World of Smile Stadium in favour of a £30,000 switch to AFC Wimbledon.
Alongside former Cheltenham captain Alan Bennett
, the imposing playmaker was instrumental in preserving the Dons’ Football League status in 2013, racking up 65 appearances at Kingsmeadow.
After the premature cancellation of his contract in South London, Pell switched to Eastleigh, helping the Hampshire side reach the 2014/15 Vanarama National League play-offs. Despite spilling a cup of coffee on Gary Johnson’s cream rug prior to signing for the Robins, Pell’s Whaddon Road move was not retracted, and he will relocate to the area with his young family.