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Harrad: Delighted To Be Here

3 August 2012

Loan striker Shaun Harrad has been speaking exclusively to and Robins Player

It was confirmed earlier today that Bury striker Shaun Harrad was to join the club on loan for the full season and the striker is wasting no time.

Harrad, who will wear squad number 14, was involved in training this morning and completed his loan move earlier this afternoon which will see him compete for Cheltenham Town during the 2012-13 campaign. His move swiftly follows that of Chris Zebroski who joined the club yesterday from League Two rivals Bristol Rovers.

Shaun's arrival has sparked the imagination of supporters this afternoon and Harrad believes he is in the right place to regain his top form.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be here," he said.

"I was in training this morning and the lads have made me feel very welcome already. It's all happened really quickly but I'm looking forward to the season now. You are never guaranteed a starting place until you get onto a good run so I'm aiming to put my name back out there and help this club go one step further than it did last season."

Harrad is no stranger to Cheltenham Town having been a potent threat against the Robins defence in the past for Burton Albion. The striker scored 75 goals for the Brewers during six years with the club helping them win promotion into the Football League.

Moves to Northampton and Bury may not have worked out for Harrad completely but a loan spell of six league games with Rotherham last season saw him score three goals and the experienced forward believes the move down South will help him to reach his peak once again and help the Robins reach their potential this season.

"I know Cheltenham play attractive attacking football and they do it the right way," explained Shaun.

"It's exciting football and I'm really looking forward to being part of a great setup. I want to get a smile back on my face and show what I can do and that is score goals. There's quality throughout the side and everyone is an established player at this level. I know this level really well land I'm quite confident of bringing a lot to the side other than scoring goals. I always give 100% however I play and I always wear my heart on my sleeve but if I can add goals to that that everybody is happy."

Harrad joins a club well known for it's team spirit and he's already fitting in well with good friend Russ Penn already based at the club.

Both Penn and Harrad were key member of the Burton Albion squad a few years ago and Shaun admitted that he was looking forward to linking up with Penna as early as tomorrow afternoon against Burnley.

"I have a couple of mates here that I kept my eye on so I know everything is done right here," he said.

"I was chatting with Russ (Penn) yesterday and then I'm here the next day! He knows how I play and vice versa so we'll have a good connection there and I'm confident of bonding with the rest of the team."

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