Three players agree new deals at Cheltenham
Mark Yates believes next season will be Jeff Goulding's "time to shine" after the striker signed a new one-year contract with Cheltenham Town.
Goulding put pen to paper on his new contract at the Abbey Business Stadium yesterday on a day that Keith Lowe and Bagasan Graham also agreed new deals with the club.
Defender Lowe has agreed terms on a two-year deal, while winger Graham has committed to the Robins for another season.
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Robins boss Yates was delighted to have tied the trio to new deals ahead of what is likely to be a busy two weeks looking for new additions ahead of the start of pre-season training on July 12.
Yates is also backing Goulding to come of age and find his best form in a Cheltenham shirt next season, despite enduring a frustrating campaign last term.
The 28-year-old Londoner scored six goals in 17 starts and 21 substitute appearances despite finding first-team opportunities limited.
But after a summer of hard work building his strength, Yates is confident Goulding can become a key performer in his side as the Robins look to build upon last season's sixth-placed finish.
Yayes said: "I think Jeff has a lot to offer and he will be ready for a really good season with us. I really believe that Jeff can kick on next season and be a better player for the experience he had this year.
"He's spent a lot of time in the gym in the summer and he looks as though he is ready to go.
"It's his time to shine now and I am really looking forward to working with him next season."
After spending most of the second half of the season on the fringes of the squad, Yates sprung a surprise by handing Goulding a Wembley start in the play-off final defeat to Crewe.
But Yates believes the Wembley experience coupled with the frustration of finding himself out of the side will help Goulding become a better player.
"I showed what I thought of Jeff as a player by playing him in the play-off final and I thought he had a good game then," Yates said.
"A lot happened with Jeff last year and I think that he will be a much better player because of those experiences."