Former Fleetwood Town Star Set To Join Relegation Rivals

Former Fleetwood Town and Northampton Town midfielder Josh Harrop is close to joining relegation-threatened Cheltenham Town, according to Gloucestershire Live.

The Robins are set for a busy end to the January transfer window. Head coach Darrell Clarke was dealt a massive blow at the weekend when it was announced that star striker Will Goodwin had left the Completely-Suzuki Stadium for promotion-chasers Oxford United.

Goodwin was Cheltenham’s joint-top scorer in all competitions, having bagged six goals in 17 appearances, but all six came in his last nine outings under Clarke.

Cheltenham Town are on an excellent run of form in recent weeks, winning three of their last five games in League One, while losing just once. However, the club are looking to bolster their squad before the window slams shut to avoid dropping back down to the fourth tier for the first time in three years.

Jon Palmer from Gloucestershire Live has revealed that Cheltenham have offered Manchester United academy product Harrop a contract as the player has been training under Clarke for the past few weeks.

The 28-year-old was most recently on the books at Sixfields with Northampton Town but made merely two substitute appearances with the Cobblers and was released at the end of the season.

Harrop also has experience in the Football League with Preston North End, where he played 95 times for the Lilywhites but spent time on loan at both Ipswich Town and Fleetwood Town, making just 20 appearances across the two stints.

Writer’s View

Having rejected a contract from Manchester United in 2017, Harrop decided to go out on his own to try and make a career for himself. While he has played for some big clubs throughout his time in the game, he has yet to find a permanent home. Perhaps Cheltenham Town can provide that.

Nevertheless, Harrop is a player with massive quality and Fleetwood Town may even feel slightly aggrieved to see the ex-loanee strengthening a direct rival in the relegation scrap.

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