Towering defender Matt Bower has today signed a new contract with Cheltenham Town.
Bower, who made his Football League debut for the Robins earlier this season against Carlisle United, has put pen to paper on a new deal to remain at the club until at least the summer of 2019.
Manager Gary Johnson said: “I’m delighted that Matt has signed a contract to stay with us.
“Matt is still a work in progress for us, but he is taking everything onboard and now that he has the security of another year on his contract I fully expect him to kick on immediately.
“It’s important that we pick the right time to give Matt a start and his opportunity.
“He has made his Football League debut this season and the experience of being part of the squad and travelling with the team every week has really helped him develop.
“Matt is only 19 but he has already been involved a lot and has gained vital experience. He has a big future in the game and I’ll make sure I look after him and we get the timing right with his development.”
Cheltenham-born Bower has been part of the club set-up since he was 13-years-old and has worked his way through the Academy ranks.
Bower – who has previously been on loan at Cirencester Town - signed his first professional deal with the club in 2016, after making his first team debut in the FA Trophy clash with Oxford City.
Bower said: “I’m really pleased to have agreed new terms and to continue on my path with Cheltenham.
“It’s my home-town club, I’m very happy here and with the way I’ve pushed myself and learnt over the last few seasons under the coaching staff here.
“I’m now looking forward to the future, pushing for a place in the team and continuing to learn and develop my game at the Robins.”