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Deering Is First Signing

5 July 2012

Sam Deering Has Become Cheltenham's First Summer Signing.

Versatile midfielder Sam Deering has today become Cheltenham Town's first summer signing of 2012.

The 21 year-old turned down the chance to discuss new terms with Barnet this summer and has instead decided to join the Robins on a two year contract which will see him through until the summer of 2014.

Sam arrived at the Abbey Business Stadium this afternoon to put pen to paper and he told that he was delighted to have joined a club on the up.

"It's great to have signed and I knew I wanted to be here as soon as Mark spoke to me," he said.

"I'm not here to fill anyone's shoes. I am here to play football for Cheltenham Town Football Club and I can't wait to get started.

Deering, started his career as a youth team player with both Chelsea and Charlton Athletic before linking up with Oxford United's youth setup. He was promoted to the U's first team in 2008 and went on to make his first team debut against Weymouth. Unfortunately Sam broke his leg soon after but joined Newport County on a one month loan on his return to action. He returned to action with Oxford and was an integral part in helping the U's find their way back into the Football League.

In February 2011 he was loaned to Barnet for the remainder of the 2010-11 campaign and helped to maintain the club's Football League status. He signed permanently with the Bees and went on to make 48 appearances in all competitions last season scoring five goals.

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