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Cheltenham Town: Defender Courtney to train with Robins

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: January 22, 2011

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DUANE Courtney is set to train with Cheltenham Town next week after leaving York City by mutual consent, writes Jon Palmer.

The 26-year-old defender performed well for the Robins reserves in their 2-0 win at Coventry last week and boss Mark Yates is considering offering the former Birmingham and Burnley man terms.

Courtney was set to watch Cheltenham play at Port Vale this afternoon and he is looking forward to a chance to impress Yates in training.

"I am a free agent now and I am looking at my options, but I'd love to do something with Cheltenham and now it gets interesting," he said.

"I am going to be at the Port Vale game and I have been invited to train with the lads next week, so we will take it from there.

"It'll be nice to mix with the lads and hopefully there will be something at the end of it.

"I have played in the Championship and I know I can do a job in League Two."

Courtney never settled in York and he has now returned to his Birmingham home.

He knows several members of the Robins squad and has tipped them to make a serious challenge for promotion this term.

"I think they could do it this year and they are going to be pushing all the way," Courtney said.

"I'd love to be a part of it, because there is a good set-up there, with a good management team and a great set of fans."

The signing of Courtney is likely to be dependent on finances, with Yates' priority a winger with pace.

But with Andy Gallinagh due to undergo double hernia surgery on Tuesday and Martin Riley still working his way back to fitness after hamstring trouble, the versatile Courtney could be an attractive proposition for Yates.

Yates said: "He did ever so well for me at Kidderminster and he is still a good player."

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