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Gilly Is Back

15 August 2013

Steven Gillespie has re-joined Cheltenham Town on a one month loan from Fleetwood Town subject to paperwork confirmation.

Steven Gillespie has today returned to Cheltenham Town on a one month loan deal from Fleetwood subject to the paperwork being finalised later this afternoon.

Gilly, 28, has signed the relevant paperwork and will now be with the club until mid-September for his second spell with the club. The former Liverpool Academy star ended his first spell with the club back in the summer of 2008 departing for Colchester United.

Mark Yates made it clear that bringing in a loan striker was a possible option and he believes Steven Gillespie is just what the club needs in the absence of Jamie Cureton.

"Steve knows where the goal is and that's what we need," said Mark.

"I've been talking with him all week and I'm tried to bring him here on a few occasions. He's not match fit but we'll see how he goes today ahead of the weekend. Terry Gornell will be out this weekend so bringing in Steve is a boost for us and we're delighted to have him here."

Steve started his career at Anfield as a Liverpool youngster but he left the club in 2004 after failing to make an appearance and he linked up with Bristol City. He spent the next two years at Ashton Gate where he made 12 appearances but he enjoyed three separate loan spells with Cheltenham Town during that time.

He moved to the Abbey Business Stadium on a permanent deal in 2006 for an undisclosed fee and he went on the become a major part of the side that won promotion into League One in 2006 under John Ward. Steve made 69 starting and 26 substitute appearances during his time with the club and he scored 33 goals.

Gilly departed in 2008 and signed for Colchester United for a club record fee and he spent the next fours years with the U's making just over 100 appearances and scoring 25 goals. His next move was to Fleetwood Town last summer following their promotion into the Football League. Steve's time at Fleetwood has been frustrating with the striker finding first team appearances hard to come by. He has made 25 appearances for the Cod Army to date and has scored 4 goals.

"I'm here to enjoy my football," admitted Steve.

"It has been frustrating at Fleetwood but I'm looking forward to being back at Cheltenham and hopefully getting some games under my belt. I just want to play and when I do I will be ready."

You can hear more from Steven on the official YouTube channel and Robins Player shortly.

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