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Victory backs Deering to be hit with Robins

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: July 07, 2012

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Jamie Victory has backed Sam Deering to be a big hit at new club Cheltenham Town.

The legendary left-back, who made 473 appearances for the Robins between 1996 and 2007 and still lives in the town, has been in touch to welcome his second cousin to Cheltenham.

Attacking midfielder Sam Deering, 21, signed a two-year deal with the League Two club on Thursday.

"I have texted Sam to wish him good luck and we'll be meeting up soon so I can show him around," Victory said.

"I am chuffed to bits for him and I think it's a great move because Cheltenham is an excellent club, with a manager (Mark Yates) who is on the ball and I know he'll be looked after. It's good for him to get away from the troubles at Barnet, who were fighting relegation every season.

"He'll be something different for Cheltenham and he is probably best in the hole behind the front men."

Victory recalls his cousin Paul raving about how his son was a promising player.

Deering used to watch Victory in action when Cheltenham played at Leyton Orient, which was close to his Bow home in the East End of London.

"I remember John Brough saying Sam tore Cheltenham's youth team apart a few years ago in an FA Youth Cup tie," Victory said. That's when I started thinking, 'We might have a player here.'

"I have followed him ever since then and unfortunately things didn't quite work out for him at Oxford, but I don't think that had anything to do with his footballing ability.

"He's done well at Barnet, where he was one of the best players, and I saw him play against Cheltenham in a 1-1 draw at Whaddon Road a couple of years ago and they couldn't get near him."

Victory, 36, will be taking a more hands on role within Cheltenham's Centre of Excellence this season.

He has been combining work in the radiography department at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with coaching the Robins' Under-16s.

"I had a break from football because it was hard to adjust to life without the buzz of playing," said Victory, who was forced to retire due to injury at the age of 32.

"But I am hungry to get back into it more now and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with the Under-16s.

"Coaching gives you a different kind of buzz, bringing young lads through and hopefully helping some of them to have successful careers in football."

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