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Cheltenham Town: Green aiming to follow in Constable's footsteps

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: February 01, 2011

Matt Green (centre)

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MATT Green is hoping to become the second Cirencester Academy graduate to thrive under Mark Yates' management after joining Cheltenham Town on loan for the rest of the season.

The Oxford United forward is set to make his Robins debut at Wycombe Wanderers this evening (7.45pm).

Green, 24, honed his skills under director of coaching Steve Lowndes at Cirencester along with James Constable, who is also now contracted to Oxford.

Constable was a roaring success when Yates brought him to Kidderminster Harriers in January 2007, earning a move from the Blue Square Bet Premier club to Shrewsbury Town a year later.

After losing his place in Oxford's starting line-up due to the strength of Chris Wilder's U's squad, Bath-born Green jumped at a chance to join the Robins who he wants to help reach the League Two play-offs.

"I was at Cirencester Academy with James Constable and he only had good things to say about Mark Yates," Green said.

"Cheltenham is a 40-minute drive from where I live and the size of the club and the season they are having means it's perfect for me.

"Cheltenham are in a good position and I now want to be an influence and help them get into the play-offs and have a successful season."

Green is ready to challenge Wesley Thomas and Jeff Goulding for a starting place, but he know he has a fight on his hands.

The first choice front pair have 23 goals between them this season.

"At Oxford they have six strikers, so it's something I am used to and it's survival of the fittest," Green said.

"You have to be on form and knocking the goals in – that's what I intend to do."

Green has already faced Wycombe at Adams Park this season, starting for Oxford in their 0-0 draw last August.

"We drew 0-0 and perhaps we should have won it, but I know what they are about and looking forward to it," he said.

Green started out at Bristol City before joining Cirencester Academy, which has also produced Torquay United forward Chris Zebroski and goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, currently at Notts County.

He left Cirencester for Newport County, where he played up front with Cheltenham's record Football League scorer Julian Alsop, who gave him a glowing reference.

"Greeny reminds me of (Nottingham Forest striker) Nathan Tyson, with pace to burn, but a bigger build," Alsop said.

"He was only young then, but I played a few games up front with him and he reads flick-ons well.

"He did well in the Conference last year and he just wants to play, so this move will be great for him."

Robins Mark Yates was pleased to capture his sixth loan signing of the season.

"I am delighted because he is an out-an-out striker with a natural ability to score," he said.

Green's arrival has signalled the end of Shaun Jeffers' loan spell at Cheltenham.

The teenager returns to Coventry City after two goals in five starts and 20 substitute appearances in his six-month stint.

Yates will not be offering a deal to defender Duane Courtney, who has been on trial with the Robins.

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    Richard lll, Cheltenham  |  February 03 2011, 1:30PM

    Theo Lewis can play on the wing, but again like Watkins, hardly gets a chance. Jeffers also has also played well out wide, but he's sent him back to Coventry (no pun intended). So now we have 4 strikers - but who's gonna flying down to wing and whipping the balls accross to them?? Low, Smikle + Melligan need to sort it out!!

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    bogey man, up yer nose  |  February 03 2011, 11:02AM

    I don't think Josh is a natural winger. He has a tendency to want to cut inside, which again narrows our play. All of a sudden Ashley Vincent doesn't look a bad player! Still think Marley Watkins could do the job.

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    drewks, FoDean  |  February 01 2011, 5:42PM

    Josh Low has been a wide player / winger for most of his career......?

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    Steve, Prestbury  |  February 01 2011, 4:09PM

    boyey man, I think you are spot on we need wingers. If we have wingers we can open up the opposition at home to create chances for any player from any were on the pitch. Opposition can see how we are playing and just close us down. We need a good wing man and he will open up the opposition like a can of worms. But it looks like Mark does not like wingers for some reason.

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    bogey man, up yer nose  |  February 01 2011, 12:52PM

    Does it? It says to me that we have four strikers. What it doesn't say to me is that we have wingers to open up the opposition at home to create chances for these strikers.

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    Darren, wolverhampton  |  February 01 2011, 12:27PM

    bogey man, we now have 4 striers - Walsh, Green, Gouldng, and of course, Wesley Thomas. That to me says we lookingto change formation. COYR!!

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    bogey man, up yer nose  |  February 01 2011, 8:54AM

    Don't want to be pessimistic but is this going to do anything to address our narrow formation at home which is not working for us and where does this leave loan signing Walsh, who should have been given at least half an hour last Saturday?