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Cheltenham Town's new signing Lee Vaughan targets promotion push

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

Full-back Lee Vaughan has signed  for Cheltenham Town

Full-back Lee Vaughan has signed for Cheltenham Town

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Lee Vaughan says the right combination of nastiness and pure footballing ability will help Cheltenham Town propel themselves back up the League Two table next season.

The 27-year-old right-back yesterday became Mark Yates' first new signing of the summer, arriving on a two-year deal from Kidderminster Harriers.

Known for his whole-hearted approach, Vaughan cannot wait for his first taste of League football, having spent the last four years in the Conference Premier with Harriers.

"I always give everything and I think that has to be the bare minimum for every player," Vaughan said.

"I like to get forward and pass it and for a Mark Yates team you need to be good footballers, but there has to be that nastiness to go away and grind out results.

"That's the only way you'll get results on a consistent basis in League Two and you need that mixture of the two."

Vaughan started out in the youth system at Birmingham City before spells at Portsmouth and Walsall.

His senior career began with AFC Telford before his move to Kidderminster in 2010.

The Birmingham-based defender turned down approaches from several other clubs to link up with Yates, who managed Kidderminster until 2009.

"I made my mind up to leave Kiddy and it was then about making right choice," he said.

"I had a few good options that I appreciate, but this was the right club with the right manager.

"It's all set up to compete in the right half of the table and look to get promoted.

"I am not here just to establish myself as a Football League player, I am here to play and kick on and the manager has the same intent.

"Everyone I have spoken to has good things to say about him and while I will make up own mind, I can already see he is a winner, which is what you want from a manager."

Vaughan played against Cheltenham for Kidderminster in a pre-season friendly last summer, when the non-League side won 3-1.

"I remember Mark Yates was not happy at all after the game and that shows he doesn't like losing, even in a friendly and I like that in a manager," he said.

"I wouldn't have come here if he didn't tell me that the minimum requirement was to make the play-offs.

"He'll tell you more about his aims, but I am confident we'll be right up there."

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