Cheltenham Town midfielder Harry Pell has been subject to plenty of interest during this transfer window.
Reports suggest that a League One club has bid to sign the 25-year-old in an attempt to try and prise him away from Whaddon Road.
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But despite the fact that he would command a large fee, perhaps even up to six figures, the club must do all they can to try and keep hold of the 6ft 5in midfield enforcer.
The current situation is in some way similar to when the Robins faced a battle to keep hold of Marlon Pack in 2013, a battle that was perhaps unsurprisingly lost.
Just under four years ago, Pack rejected a new contract offer and left Cheltenham to join Bristol City for around £100,000 after three years of good service to Cheltenham.
The move was right for Pack, he shone in League Two after impressing in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 campaigns where Mark Yates’ side reached the play-offs. The then 22-year-old deservedly stepped up a division and is now playing his trade in the Championship.
But this time the ball is in Cheltenham’s court. Pell recently put pen to paper on a new two and a half year contract and appears to be settled in Gloucestershire.
At a similar age and approaching what is largely regarded as a players ‘prime’, Pell is more than capable of following in Pack’s footsteps. But the well travelled box to box midfielder has more worth to a club than just as a player, and every effort should be made to keep him in the Cotswolds.
Pell is one of the club’s main characters and one of the aces in Gary Johnson’s pack. He has played a key role ever since joining Cheltenham at the start of their National League title winning campaign, scoring 16 goals over the last two seasons.
The former Hereford United and AFC Wimbledon man is versatile, being able to operate in a number of formations either in the centre or out wide and is renowned for being one of the fittest players in the Cheltenham camp.
After losing last season’s top scorer Billy Waters already this summer, Cheltenham Town must keep hold of Pell, otherwise alarm bells will start ringing with the Sky Bet League Two season under one month away.
No player is irreplaceable and Pell would command a lucrative price tag but it would be very difficult to offset the influence both on the pitch and in the dressing room that the former Charlton Athletic product brings to CTFC.