Midfielder Brennan steps up to pro ranks
ARCHIE Brennan’s 10th season at Cheltenham Town has ended with the award of his first professional contract.
The 18-year-old midfielder will be part of Michael Duff’s first team squad next season after impressing enough to be kept on beyond the end of his two year scholarship.
“I can’t wait for it to start,” Brennan said.
“There are a lot of people who help you get to this point like schools, coaches, scouts, and then Pete (Haynes) and Antoine (Thompson) mainly in the last few years.
“I’ll see the faces now and realise they’re now teammates and not just Cheltenham Town first team players.
“I’m excited that it’s happened and I’ll come back fit and ready to go.”
Gloucester-based Brennan played youth football for Abbeymead Rovers and Brockworth, but he joined the Robins’ academy at Under-nines level.
During his younger days he often played in older age groups as well as a variety of different positions, which has stood him in good stead and he has developed into an attack-minded midfielder or wide man.
Brennan, who regularly covers more than 13km in a match, spent time on loan at Hellenic League Premier Division Lydney Town and Southern League Division One South Slimbridge during the 2018/19 campaign.
He was named on the bench for the Robins’ FA Cup first round replay win over Ebbsfleet United.
He has also been an unused substitute for the League Two matches against Port Vale, Swindon Town, MK Dons and Forest Green and the Checkatrade Trophy tie with Oxford United.
Cheltenham’s other eight second years have been released: Camden Duncan, Will Dawes, Tyreece Briscoe, Tom Handley, Olly Price, Miles Scott, Ioan Richards and Fin Clift.
“Everyone at Cheltenham Town wishes those who will not be continuing their journey with the Robins all the best for the future and many will look forward to seeing the exciting journeys and progress they make both in and out of the game,” a club statement said.