Date: 24th June 2014 at 8:41pm
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Cheltenham Town have today announced the signing of former Oldham and Tranmere defender Paul Black.

Following a medical earlier this afternoon, the player has penned a 12 month deal which will begin officially on July 1st.

The 24 year old joins us as a free agent following his release by Mansfield Town over the summer.

Speaking to the Official Site after signing the deal, he said.

‘I’m looking forward to playing football for Cheltenham. It was important for me that this was a footballing move and I got a really good impression from Mark Yates when I first met him. It’s a good club to come and play my football so hopefully I can kick on and show why I should be playing.’

In a strange twist of fate, Black actually made his debut against Cheltenham when he was on the books of Oldham Athletic, so he already has a number of photos in his house of the club, so he’s looking forward to adding a few more now that he’ll actually be in our shirt.

Having come through Oldham’s youth ranks he went on to make 70 appearances for them, and also had a loan spell with Barrow in his development. Having left them he moved on to Tranmere Rovers in 2012, but made only eleven appearances for them in his 12 month stay. That led to a free transfer to Mansfield in the summer of 2013, but he also only made one substitute appearance for them, spending the rest of the time on loan with Carlisle where he added another five appearances to his name.

He’ll definitely be looking to improve on his first team experience so far and get himself back on track now, as he’s still young enough to develop a lot further and that has probably figured in our manager’s mind.

He has been given the No 18 shirt ahead of the coming campaign, and will meet his new colleagues properly tomorrow when everybody is back in for a strength and conditioning session as we step up pre season.