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Forest Green swoop for former Cheltenham Town duo

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Experienced Liam Sercombe and Sean Long have joined Forest Green Rovers from near neighbours Cheltenham Town.

The duo are Steve Cotterill’s first summer signings in preparation for their first season back in non-league after seven years in the EFL.

Both turned down new contract offers at Whaddon Road this summer to make the switch to The New Lawn.

Midfielder Sercombe,34, has made 579 appearances in the EFL for the likes of Exeter City, Oxford United, Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town. He scored 11 goals in League One for the relegated Robins.

On joining the club, Sercombe told the club website: “I had a really good four years at Cheltenham, but I feel like it’s the right time to turn down the contract offered and find a new challenge.

“I had really good conversations with the Gaffer about what he wants to do this season and what he wants from me.

“It’s an ambitious club – now with Steve in control and the career he’s had, I’m excited to learn from him. I feel this is the perfect fit for me.

“It excites me to try and get Forest Green back to the Football League. I’m as hungry as ever and I want to be in a winning side to get that promotion.”

Defender Long,29, has made more than 200 for Cheltenham, where he was captain for the last two seasons.

Long told the official Forest Green website: “I had some really good discussions with the Gaffer (Steve Cotterill) and everything he said was something I want to get involved in.

“He made things clear on what he wants to do and the kind of player he wants to bring in.

“It’s a really exciting the challenge and a great opportunity to bounce back.”

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