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Passion is why I am at Cheltenham Town - David Bird

David Bird
Bird made his Robins debut under Bobby Gould at Huddersfield in 2003

Cheltenham Town midfielder David Bird says his passion for the club is the reason he is still there and on the verge of equalling a club record.

The 25-year-old needs one more game to equal Jamie Victory's club record of 258 Football League appearances.

"I haven't been here nine years for no reason - I want to be here, I want to play football, I want to be around this club," Bird told BBC Gloucestershire.

"I'm trying hard to get back in to the team, like I did on Tuesday night."

He added: "I just want to stay in the team."

Born in Gloucestershire, Bird joined Cheltenham as a 17-year-old from non-league Cinderford Town in 2002, having made his debut for his hometown club aged just 15.

He has not been a regular so far in the 2010-11 season and mostly his appearances have been restricted to right-back, but he was restored to his favoured midfield role for the 1-1 draw at home to Oxford United.

He will equal Victory's record if he plays at Aldershot on Saturday.

"I obviously want to stay in the team and get a lot more [games]," he said.

"Jamie had a very good record here and it's good to be up there with him."

"When I first came here he'd been in the team a while and got a lot of non-league games and league games."

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