Date: 11th August 2015 at 4:22pm
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Young striker Josh Cooke joined Cheltenham Town yesterday on a loan spell from League One side Swindon Town.

The 18 year old has made two appearances in League One so far, and he was on the bench for Swindon at the weekend as they beat Bradford City four one on home soil.

He comes to us on loan spell that will last until January, but Swindon do have a recall on him that kicks in after 28 days.

He’s been handed the No 27 shirt and goes into the squad that faces Aldershot tonight.

His move has presumably come around because the expected move of JJ Hooper has now fallen through.

Having been announced as a new signing by the club and having agreed a contract with the club, manager Gary Johnson explained to the Official Site that it was a bit of a strange situation as we headed into the opener against Lincoln.

‘It`s a strange situation and one that has never happened to me before. We trained in the morning as normal and then had the photos taken of us shaking hands and did all the interviews. JJ was then due to come in after giving our secretary all his details for the contract. Paul told him to come in after training and it`d all be ready for him. He trained well, but then he didn`t come in.’

Johnson went on to say a few hours later after a visit to the dentist’s the player still hadn’t arrived and had clearly gone ‘AWOL’ and that sets alarm bells ringing in his head.

‘Word got back that he had a family emergency, but it then emerged in a text from him five hours later that he had an offer from another club and he`d like to go and see the club to see what the situation is. The minute I lose trust in someone and if it’s not quite right, that`s it. He asked if I would wait for the weekend so he could speak to the other club and I said no because it’s disrespectful to me and the football club given the situation. So I made his decision easy and said Cheltenham Town Football Club was no longer an option for him. We wish JJ Hooper all the best, but Cheltenham isn’t a club he can come back to.’

Departing the club are also Harry Williams and Bobbie Dale who have moved to Isthmian League Premier Division side Farnborough on loan.

Both Academy graduates remain in Johnson’s future plans but he wants them out and playing to aide their development.

They head to Farnborough until January, but we can recall either or both upon the expiry of 28 days.

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