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Last Updated: Friday, 18 January 2008, 16:06 GMT
Cheltenham hope to keep loanees
Keith Downing
Downing is happy with the close links with Bristol City (Getty Images)
Cheltenham boss Keith Downing hopes to extend the loan spells of Blackpool's Michael D'Agostino and Bristol City duo Alex Russell and Steve Brooker.

"I'm hoping we can lengthen one or two of the loans. I'd like to do it to all three if we could but it's down to the respective managers.

"D'Agostino has really enjoyed his time here because he's been playing," Downing told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"He's not been having that chance at Blackpool at the moment."

People probably say it's a Bristol City second team

Boss Keith Downing

Downing has thanked Bristol City manager Gary Johnson for the "friendship" between the clubs, following Russell and Brooker's moves.

"People probably say it's a Bristol City second team but geographically it's right. Gary keeps them close to him and there's a really nice friendship we're building with Bristol City.

"I'm very grateful to Gary for allowing us the players. I think they're happy because it's just down the road.

"They get to spend time and stay with their families, they don't get stuck in hotels. It suits everybody."

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