Mid­fielder Bren­nan steps up to pro ranks

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

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.

Archie Bren­nan

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