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Reilly on signing for Cheltenham Town

2 August 2019


Reilly on signing for Cheltenham Town

2 August 2019

One of two new loan arrivals at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium ahead of Saturday's opening League Two fixture at Leyton Orient has been having his say on his decision to move to the Robins.

Gavin Reilly has agreed a loan that will see him stay with the club until January 2020 from League One side Bristol Rovers.

The Scottish forward, who can name Queen of the South, Hearts, St Mirren and Dunfermline among his former employers has been added to the squad in an attempt to add even more firepower to Michael Duff's sides front line.

Speaking for the first time Reilly said: "I'm happy to be here - I'm coming out here to get game time and that's what I'm after.

"It's good to come in before the season starts because it means you can come in and see how the team wants to play.

"The gaffer has had a good chat with me and the way that he wants to play and hopefully I'll fit into that well. He likes to play with two strikers and that's how I like to play.

"It's 3-5-2 he likes to play and he likes to play football as well. I'm happy with that and the two outside wingers want to put the ball in the box and hopefully I'll be on the end of them.

"Because I've come close to the start of the season this first game I might not make it into the starting XI on Saturday but I'll just work really hard and hopefully make it in for the next week or the weekend after that."

The 26-year-old is relishing the opportunity to get match action for the Robins since his move to England a year ago.

His loan will currently run until the New Year as he joins a front line that also includes the likes of Tahvon Campbell, Alex Addai, Luke Varney, Reuben Reid and academy product George Lloyd.

"It was a little bit frustrating," Reilly added. "I came down and it didn't get as much game time as I wanted - game time in terms of starts. I think the most league starts I had was four games in a row and I'm looking forward to more than that this season.

"It was a building block last season and hopefully I can build on that this year."

In his time in Scotland Reilly was a part of the St Mirren side that gained promotion to the Scottish Premiership, while he's also had spells with the likes of Hearts and Queen of the South.

"I had a great time in Scotland. I won the Championship to get into the SPL and played in the SPL as well.

"Once the option came to come down from England last year I always fancied to do that. I know I've taken a step back here but hopefully I can take a step back to make two steps forward."

He trained with his teammates for the first time on Thursday, and a busy day once he completed his medical and agreed his loan move was capped by taking part in the official team photo in the afternoon at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

"It has been very hectic to be fair but that's all out the way now and I can just concentrate on playing."

Tickets for Saturday's game are available to purchase from the ticket office today, which is open from 10am to 3pm.

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