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Cheltenham Town sign defender Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott
Ellliott was one of 15 players released by Rovers this summer

League Two side Cheltenham Town have signed experienced defender Steve Elliott on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old former Derby and Blackpool centre-back was released by Bristol Rovers this summer after 257 appearances in six years.

Robins boss Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "Steve's been on the radar a long time because I met him two days after last season finished.

"I'm delighted to have got such a good organiser and a real leader."

Elliott becomes Cheltenham's ninth summer signing, and will add valuable experience to a squad with an average age of 23.

Yates added: "The chairman and the board have to take a lot of credit for this. They've seen a player that we wanted to bring to the club, and they've pushed the boat out a bit to get him.

"I don't mean that stupidly, but they've allowed us to do it and it's a big positive for me and my staff."

The defender said: "I'm quite settled in the area so it made sense. It's a pleasure to be here.

"Mark is putting together a young, athletic strong squad. I feel I can help with experience and leadership.

"Hopefully the young lads will look up to me and I can give them advice and help bring them on."

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