FAM­ILY AF­FAIR AS HARRY STAYS AT ROBINS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

MUM’S the word for Harry Pell af­ter the mid­fielder ad­mit­ted that his mother played a huge role in him sign­ing a new con­tract with Chel­tenham Town.

De­spite Chel­tenham’s strug­gles this sea­son, the 25-year-old has man­aged to shine and headed into this week­end hav­ing scored six goals in 32 ap­pear­ances.

His form had led to in­ter­est from sev­eral clubs, with one of them be­ing Colch­ester United which is close to Pell’s fam­ily home in Es­sex.

But af­ter a fort­night of ne­go­ti­a­tions, Thurs­day saw Pell put pen to pa­per on a new two-and-a-half year deal with the Robins.

And Pell, who joined Chel­tenham from AFC Wim­ble­don in May 2015 and helped them win the Na­tional League last term, re­vealed his mother Donna had played her part in his de­ci­sion.

“I had a con­ver­sa­tion with my mum and told her I was stressed out and didn’t know what to do,” Pell said.

“She said the best thing for me was to stay at Chel­tenham.

“The gaffer has said she ei­ther has her head screwed on, or just doesn’t want me back any­where near home!

“My mis­sus also said I had to stay, so the gaffer was ask­ing to speak to her on the phone in­stead of me to make my mind up and I’ve def­i­nitely been told what to do by the peo­ple who count!”

And Pell, who started his ca­reer with Charl­ton, also in­sisted that man­ager Gary John­son was an­other rea­son for him stay­ing at the LCI Rail Sta­dium.

“I have been hon­est with the gaffer through­out and while it has been an emo­tional roller­coaster, he’s been ab­so­lutely bril­liant,” he added.

“I didn’t want my con­tract to end, or to leave the club on a bad note and I can’t stress enough how good he has been through a tricky pe­riod.”

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