Cheltenham Town have been linked with a move for Forest Green Rovers winger Elliott Frear, if the deal goes through it could be the signing of the summer by manager Gary Johnson.
The pacey 25 year-old is exactly the sort of player that Cheltenham currently lack and the move would certainly excite Robins’ fans for more than one reason.
— Jon Palmer (@JonPalmerSport) August 19, 2016
Frear was one of the few players not wearing red and white to shine in the National League last season. As both Gloucestershire sides tussled for the title, the former Exeter City man was a prominent nuisance for defenders and impressed in both meetings between Forest Green and Cheltenham Town.
Frear has netted six goals in each of his last three seasons in the National League during spells with Salisbury FC and Forest Green. Having spent the last two years with latter, he has become a fan favourite due to his pace and creativity out wide.
If he switched the New Lawn for Whaddon Road, Frear would become the second ex-Rovers player to do so this summer. Former Forest Green captain James Jennings joined the club in late May and his old teammate may be persuaded considering there is a prospect of playing in the Football League at stake.
With injuries piling up at Cheltenham Town, manager Johnson looks to be on the hunt for reinforcements out on the flanks. James Dayton is the only out and out wide man at the club and if the Robins are going to deploy a 442 system they are going to need another winger.
Frear most certainly fits the bill and weakening one of our rivals, albeit not in the same division, in the process would be another bonus with his signature. However Cheltenham must pay a fee for his services which could be a minor stumbling block.
But if the rumours are true, this could be a cracking piece of business executed by Cheltenham Town.