Date: 6th August 2015 at 7:04pm
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Some in, some out and part video interviews.

New centre half Danny Parslow speaks about his 12 month deal at Whaddon Road.

Having made our 14th signing of the summer in the shape of Rhys Lovett, the young goalkeeper is set to be subject to an immediate loan spell to get him some game time under his belt.

Having spent seven years at Walsall before a loan spell with Aston Villa for a Youth Cup tie, he also spent time on loan with Coventry City before moving to Rochdale for the second year of his scholarship development – he played regularly for their Under 18 side last season.

With Dillon Phillips and Calum Kitscha number 1 and 2 respectively, Lovett is very much somebody for the future.

Winger Zack Kotwica has headed out to Cirencester on a youth loan until January. The 19 year old has 41 appearances to his name with us so far, although only ten of those are from the start but he has returned two goals.

He will build on his loan experience following earlier spells with Gloucester City and Bishop’s Cleeve.

He remains under contract with us until next summer.

Also heading out on loan is Jack Deaman who has made the move to Telford. The 22 year old made 23 appearances for us last season after joining from Birmingham City and he heads out on a six month loan spell.

We then had midfielder James Rowe arrive on a 12 month contract at the club. The former Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green 23 year old is hoping to be fit for the National League opener against Lincoln City this weekend and he impressed at the training match at Winchcombe School but did pick up a thigh injury, and returning for the friendlies against Sheffield United and Bristol Rovers, he again suffered a recurrence of the same problem.

Our 16th signing of the summer comes in the shape of JJ Hooper.

Manager Gary Johnson explained to the official site about Rowe and Hooper.


‘It was pretty much a formality. He needed the medical anyway, he’d had a slight strain in his thigh but yeah it was a formality really. The reason I’ve kept him here since day one with his injury is because we like him as a person, I like him as a player and I think he’ll be perfect for our squad and the way we want to play and the shape we want to play.’

On JJ Hooper and the ‘loan saga’ initially he explained.

‘I’m keen to put JJ Hooper on our books because I feel his gives us that stretch in behind. I’ve seen a lot of him, more than anyone else probably. We have followed his career for a little while. He hasn’t quite shown the Cheltenham fans that yet, maybe little bits, but he will be a very efficient squad member as well. The board have kindly gone over budget again, for about the fifth time. And I appreciate it because I’m able to convince them that they are going to have a good player in their midst. So I wanted to do that one and hopefully it will be completed some time today.
The saga on the loan player is still ongoing I’m afraid. It certainly doesn’t look like that will be done before the start of the season. There’s a bit of politics at his club so we either need to wait for that to settle down or go and look for someone else.’

We’ll have to wait and see on the ‘loan’ player but Hooper has signed a one year deal with us having scored 20 times for Havant and Waterlooville last season.

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