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Three players agree new deals at Cheltenham

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: June 29, 2012

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Mark Yates believes next season will be Jeff Goulding's "time to shine" after the striker signed a new one-year contract with Cheltenham Town.

Goulding put pen to paper on his new contract at the Abbey Business Stadium yesterday on a day that Keith Lowe and Bagasan Graham also agreed new deals with the club.

Defender Lowe has agreed terms on a two-year deal, while winger Graham has committed to the Robins for another season.

Robins boss Yates was delighted to have tied the trio to new deals ahead of what is likely to be a busy two weeks looking for new additions ahead of the start of pre-season training on July 12.

Yates is also backing Goulding to come of age and find his best form in a Cheltenham shirt next season, despite enduring a frustrating campaign last term.

The 28-year-old Londoner scored six goals in 17 starts and 21 substitute appearances despite finding first-team opportunities limited.

But after a summer of hard work building his strength, Yates is confident Goulding can become a key performer in his side as the Robins look to build upon last season's sixth-placed finish.

Yayes said: "I think Jeff has a lot to offer and he will be ready for a really good season with us. I really believe that Jeff can kick on next season and be a better player for the experience he had this year.

"He's spent a lot of time in the gym in the summer and he looks as though he is ready to go.

"It's his time to shine now and I am really looking forward to working with him next season."

After spending most of the second half of the season on the fringes of the squad, Yates sprung a surprise by handing Goulding a Wembley start in the play-off final defeat to Crewe.

But Yates believes the Wembley experience coupled with the frustration of finding himself out of the side will help Goulding become a better player.

"I showed what I thought of Jeff as a player by playing him in the play-off final and I thought he had a good game then," Yates said.

"A lot happened with Jeff last year and I think that he will be a much better player because of those experiences."

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