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Harris keeping it local this weekend

9 July 2021


Harris keeping it local this weekend

9 July 2021

Max Harris is looking forward to being able to walk to an away game on Saturday when Cheltenham Town start their pre-season friendlies with a visit to Cinderford Town.

The Southern League Division One South side are hosting the Robins as part of a celebration of their centenary season.

But for Harris it's the ideal first game being a resident of the town and living a short distance away from the Causeway Stadium which will host Saturday's first friendly.

"It is one of the better away trips for me. It will take me five minutes tops!" he said.

"I was on loan at AFC Totton and they were travelling away to Cinderford on a Tuesday night. All of the lads were fuming but obviously I was buzzing with it!

"I've played there a few times and I was there as a kid. I played outfield. It will be good to go back there."

Harris agreed a new one-year contract in the close season after his first campaign at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium ended in promotion to League One.

It's a level he knows from his time at Oxford United and he's keen to look ahead at what the team can achieve this coming season.

"Last year was an unbelievable season and the lads did fantastically to win the league. Hopefully we can challenge and kick on again this year," he added.

"It's going to be a tough league but for myself personally to get another year I was over the moon with it, really grateful for it. Thanks to Booky (Steve Book) and the goalkeeping group we had last year because I thought I kicked on and improved since when I first came in. We're back in the building now to work hard again and see where the season takes us.

"Being with the lads for 12 months has helped this season settling in a bit quicker. It's been nice to get a good feel for it and be part of the squad. To get a medal was brilliant and this year is about kicking on, trying to get a few games under my belt, and then taking it from there."

Not only was Harris a part of a promotion acheiving group, but the shot-stopper also made his professional debut, helping the Robins to a Papa John's Trophy victory over League One Plymouth Argyle in October 2020.

He's looking to get more playing time under his belt this coming term with a loan spell away looking likely.

"It was a great achievement to be able to make a professional debut and even better that we won the game with a clean sheet.

"Playing the second half with Scotty (Flinders) was brilliant, and luckily he had the busier of the halves. Hopefully this season I can get a look in at a loan and play 30 or 40 games and play week in week out."

New goalkeeper coach Dan Watson has arrived at the club from Northampton Town. He's been working with the Robins goalkeepers this week for the first time and Harris has been able to get a first taste of his new coach.

"He seems really good," he continued. "The detail we go into seems really good. He pushes hard - we don't do as many reps, but the reps we are in for are good quality and with real tempo. He's been in this week and we're getting to know each other.

"We've got Owen (Evans) in as well so it's a fairly new group and we've all got each other's backs. It's a good group to be in and hopefully we can support each other.

"It's really important to have a good relationship with your goalkeeper coach, especially if you're not the ones who aren't playing. You've got to support the 'keeper that's playing and it's a chance to work hard when you're not playing.

"Booky was brilliant last year and my other coaches before. You get a really close bond with the goalkeeper coaches."

Cheltenham start pre-season with the visit to Cinderford on Saturday. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £7 for concessions. The Foresters have a maximum capacity of 975 and track & trace will be in operation.

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