Date: 23rd June 2014 at 5:41pm
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Steven Gillespie has said he would relish the chance to return to Cheltenham Town following his release by Bristol Rovers.

Having began his career with Bristol City, before joining us back in 2005, initially on loan before completing a permanent deal, he left to join Colchester in a record breaking £400,000 transfer in 2008, but then saw his career stall following a move to Fleetwood Town, where he did return to us on loan for a period again. With his release from Fleetwood, he joined up with Bristol Rovers but his deal has not been renewed with them following their relegation last season.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo Gillespie admits his mini spell with us last season certainly didn’t bring the best out of him, but the 29 year old says we would be his preferred destination again.

‘When I came to Cheltenham last season I was nowhere near fit and I know I didn’t do myself justice. I’d missed 18 months football because of politics, not because of form or fitness, which was massively frustrating because these should be my peak years.’

Having had that experience since submitting a transfer request to ease his departure from us all those years ago, Gillespie says he wants 2014-15 to be a season that jump starts his career again because he knows he’s more than capable of performing and scoring at this level, and given that he’s always going to be grateful to the club for giving him his proper chance, and for Ian Weston’s help with niggling injuries in the early days, he’d like to come back now and help play his part in giving us a far more successful season.

‘Cheltenham are a club that helped me out when I was a kid, and I was so thankful to be given an opportunity in the Football League. I would like another chance to play for the club and after the last few seasons I just want to be back playing football again.’

Gillespie adds that given his experiences and his age now, he definitely feels he is ‘older, wiser and less rash’ than he was when he was a youngster, so he knows he still has plenty to offer in the game.