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Robins sign Sam Jones

24 August 2018

Cheltenham Town caretaker manager Russell Milton has strengthened his attacking options with the loan signing of Sam Jones from Shrewsbury Town.

The 26-year old front runner or attacking midfielder has been signed on loan until January from the League One club and will go into the squad for tomorrow's trip to Cambridge United.

Jones is a former Welsh Under-19 international who started his career as a trainee with Leeds United. He then moved into non-league football and sprang to prominence with Alfreton Town then Gateshead in the National League.

Grimsby Town paid a fee to sign Jones from Gateshead in 2017 and he played in the Mariners' 3-2 win at Cheltenham last October. After a series of impressive performances for Grimsby he was snapped up for another fee by Shrewsbury Town in January this year but has not been included in the plans of new manager John Askey at the New Meadow.

"We've been identifying players over the last few days and Sam came to the top of our list," said Russell Milton.

"He is a player we have liked for some time and he has played well against us before. He did particularly well for Grimsby in League Two and fitted the profile of the type player we wanted - the right age, ability and experience.

"It was one that we wanted to push through quickly if we could and I'm really happy to have him on board."

Milton hinted that he may change the team's style of play and already has a job in mind for his new signing. He also believes further strengthening of the squad is likely before the deadline for loan signings on August 31. Clubs are allowed to name five loan players in a matchday squad and the Robins currently have only two in their ranks.

"Sam is between a forward and an attacking midfielder," said Russell.

"You can play him in both positions and the way we want to play, he will fit either role. I've got my thoughts on where I want to put him initially, he has a good goal scoring record and is exactly the sort of player we need.

"We are constantly looking and the staff are all working hard to identify more players. It's an exciting time and we are looking to do some more things before the loan deadline."

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