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Players update as four extend their stays

29 May 2020

Club News

Players update as four extend their stays

29 May 2020

As confirmed during Thursday afternoon's live Q&A here on the Cheltenham Town website, four players have extended their stays at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium beyond the end of this season.

Conor Thomas, Will Boyle, Alex Addai and Dan Bowry have all agreed or triggered new deals to remain part of manager Michael Duff's plans.

Midfield man Thomas and central defender Boyle have signed new two year contracts that will keep them at Cheltenham until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Thomas has made 71 appearances in total for the Robins since joining in the summer of 2018, while Boyle is one of the club's longest serving members having been originally signed in January 2017.

Commenting on their new contracts Duff said on Thursday's live Q&A: "There are two players who signed a contract in February before any of this pandemic happened. The reason why they weren't announced was at the time we'd just won six in six so the focus was let's get promoted - we don't want anyone taking their eye off the ball - the two players, Will Boyle and Conor Thomas, were quite happy for it not to be announced because we were in such a good place - nobody wanted any sort of distraction.

"Whether they had signed a contract for next year or whether they hadn't, they were secure and that was it. That was where the focus was."

Duff also confirmed that Addai and Bowry had triggered new contracts. Addai will now spend a third season at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium having joined in the summer of 2018 from non-league Merstham, while Bowry will spend a second campaign at the club. He's spent much of his first season on loan at National League South outfit Bath City.

"Alex Addai triggered a year on appearances so he has another year," Duff added. "Dan Bowry was slightly different - we've taken up the option on his contract. To be able to do that we had to let him know by a certain date legally."

Academy graduate Archie Brennan's time at Cheltenham has come to an end and it was confirmed by Duff that the 19-year-old had been released.

Brennan first joined the club at the age of 9 and has progressed through the age groups to become the only player from the under-18s scholars to be offered a professional deal at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

He made his first team debut in a Trophy group stage game at Exeter City and has spent time on loan at Alvechurch in the Southern Premier Central and with Slimbridge this season.

Duff added: "We are coming back on Monday and with respect to Archie he was more of a development player. Everyone else who is coming back has played in the first team and would be considered first team players going into the play-offs. From a health point of view you wouldn't want him coming in to an environment he doesn't need to, it's unnecessary for him."

Watch the full version of Thursday's live Q&A online to catch up on the latest from the club with regards season tickets, preparing for possible play-off matches, the players return to training, the financial impact of the coronavirus on the club, loan players, kit updates and much more.

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