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Sterling-James targets regular place after signing new deal with Robins

16 December 2014

Omari Sterling-James has his sights set on a sustained run in Cheltenham Town’s starting XI after penning a new 18 month contract at Whaddon Road.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder’s initial deal was due to expire in January, but boss Paul Buckle has tied him down until the end of the 2015/16 season.

“I am very happy to be given a new deal because my contract was up soon and it’s nice to know the manager has faith in you,” Sterling-James said.

“I need more games now and I was worried because I was hanging on waiting and now I have 18 months to develop here I am delighted.

“There are a few things I need to work on and I want to push for starts, becoming a regular in the side.

“It would be a very good learning curve for me to have a sustained run in the team. I was playing fairly regularly earlier in the season and it would be nice to get going again now.”

Sterling-James went on as a substitute in the 65th minute of last Saturday’s match at Mansfield Town, helping Cheltenham hit back to claim a deserved point thanks to Zack Kotwica’s super strike.

“It was nice to get on against Mansfield,” he said. “The gaffer asked me if I was ready and I was happy to help the team get a point and it was a deserved one for us.

“The gaffer has an idea in his head of where he’d like to use me, but he knows I can play in a few different positions. I just want to be getting starts and help the team progress.

“Since I have been back in full-time football, training every day I have noticed my fitness and strength improving and I just have to keep working hard now.”

Watch a video interview with Omari Sterling-James here, answering fans' questions

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