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New Signing: Mohamed Eisa

7 July 2017

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson's latest new signing is 22-year old forward Mohamed Eisa, who joins the Robins on an initial one year contract.

Mohamed is a promising young forward player who scored 57 goals over two seasons with Greenwich Borough in the Ryman League and was this week offered a contract after a successful trial period.

Mohamed was born in Khartoum, Sudan, but moved to England at the age of nine and began playing football while at school. More recently he has played non-league football in the South East London area for Dartford, VCD Athletic and Greenwich Borough but Cheltenham Town will be giving him his first taste of full-time professional football.

"We've known about Mo for a couple of seasons and kept our eye on him due to his goal-scoring prowess at that level," said Gary Johnson.

"He has matured over the past year or so and we invited him in for a trial. To me he looks like a player with great potential. He probably isn't one to go straight into the first team unless he has an outstanding pre-season but he will be close to it and Mo will learn his trade knowing that his Football League debut might not be too far off.

"There is still a bit of work to with him but he is an intelligent player who makes the right runs for a forward and is very quick. He can play up front or wide on the left and we very much hope that he is a better footballer than he is a swimmer."

That latter comment refers to an incident earlier in the week when the players undertook a swimming session at the Cheltenham Lido. There were various activies based around fitness work in the pool but at one stage Mo needed the assistance of a lifeguard and was forced to sit out part of the session.

Mohamed told us that when he first came to England he couldn't even speak the language but he learned quickly and football became the thing he most enjoyed doing as a child.

"It was hard for me at first but I started playing for an academy in London called Pro Touch and I really loved playing football every day. I wanted to be a professional player from a young age so now I have become one I am absolutely buzzing about it.

"I spent the past couple of seasons with Greenwich Borough and made over 100 appearances for them but when the chance came to come on trial with Cheltenham and I was really pleased to take it.

"It's very different training full-time and training twice a day at the moment for pre-season - my body isn't used to it - but I will get up to the right level and I'm working hard to get into the team if I can."

Mohamed becomes the sixth new signing of the summer following the arrivals of Jamie Grimes, Nigel Atangana, Kevin Dawson, Jonathan Flatt and Jordon Forster. New signing number seven may also be close...


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