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Ash Is Back

17 July 2013

Ashley Vincent has re-joined Cheltenham Town this morning for a second spell at the club.

Speedster Ashley Vincent is back at Cheltenham Town four years after his last spell with the club.

Ashley, 28, returns a more experienced footballer following spells at Colchester United and Port Vale but still a very popular character in the corridors of the Abbey Business Stadium. The winger has signed a one year contract which will see him through until next summer.

He will start his second spell with the Robins on Saturday in the friendly versus Gloucester and Ash admitted he was glad to be home.

"In football terms, this is my home," he smiled.

"It is slightly surreal but this is a decision for my family and this is a family club. I'm buzzing to be back and I can't wait to play for Cheltenham again and hopefully win promotion."

Ashley began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers and spent three years playing for the club's reserve and youth sides. Despite real promise he never made an appearance for the Molineux outfit and he left the club in 2004 and signed for John Ward's Cheltenham Town.

He made 131 appearances in all competitions for the club and scored 13 goals during that time. His debut for Cheltenham came as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Southend in season 2004-05 and his final appearance for the Robins was in a 2-2 draw away at Swindon Town in February 2009. Ash was also part of the 2005-06 squad that won promotion into League One via the play-off final in which the Robins defeated Grimsby Town 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium. During his time with Cheltenham Town he spent time on loan with Aldershot Town and Colchester United before making a permanent move to the latter in 2009. 

His time with Colchester lasted three years and, including his loan spell, he made 81 appearances for the U's and scored 10 goals. Next up was a move to Port Vale united in the summer of 2012 and he was a major part of the squad's promotion campaign with 40 appearances and 8 goals in all competitions. Ashley was offered a new contract at Vale Park back in May but he turned it down and now returns to the Abbey Business Stadium for a second spell at Cheltenham Town.

Ashley will link up with his new team-mate's on the Wales training camp tomorrow.

An interview with Ashley will be up here on and Robins Player shortly.

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