Cheltenham Town have signed free agent Chris Clements ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup second round trip to Brentford.
The 28-year-old becomes the second new face to join the club after the sacking of Gary Johnson, following on from Sam Jones arriving last week.
The midfielder, formerly with Mansfield Town and Forest Green, has agreed a short-term deal. Like Jones, he was at Grimsby Town last season.
He becomes caretaker manager Russell Milton’s second signing, with his first becoming an instant hit. Jones bagged the winner against Cambridge to give Cheltenham their first win of the new season.
Clements has played 276 senior matches, scoring 35 times. He emerged from the Crewe Alexandra youth system in 2007, but left without playing a game for the club in 2010. After impressing for Hednesford he trialled with Burnley in 2012, but didn’t earn a deal. Mansfield Town signed him up shortly afterwards.
He was a member of the Stags side that won the National League in 2013.
The new man is wasting no time in bringing in players, even if he isn’t the permanent manager, yet.
Lee Carsley and former manager Steve Cotterill are both ahead of Milton in the current betting, but if he keeps on winning games and signing players who have impact, he has to have at least a small claim to the role.
A win against Brentford in the EFL Cup would be perfect for his cause.