Rovers looking to return miles better

After Tuffley Rovers’ Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division season juddered to an abrupt halt after a positive Covid-19 test for one of their players, they finally look to return to action at Fairford Town on Saturday afternoon and will also be looking to improve on their early season results, with caretaker manager, Rich Cox, having taken advantage of their three-week sabbatical to add to is squad.

The most notable addition is the signing of Cheltenham Town Academy prospect, Felix Miles, and Cox is hoping that a young talent he knows well from his role at The Robins will help to kick-start Rovers’ league campaign.

“I’m really excited to have brought Felix to the club”, said Cox on the rising star, who has signed on a work experience arrangement. “I see how good he is, day in, day out and think he will be a great asset to Tuffley Rovers. He’s someone I think can really help improve our side.”

Felix Miles

Cox was effusive in his praise of the attacking player but thinks Rovers have brought in a player who will add more than just talent, but also a healthy work-rate.

“He works hard and takes risks and that is exactly what we want in the final third. This is a good move for Tuffley Rovers and for Felix, as it is a chance for him to further stretch his game and demonstrate his massive potential.”

The youngster has recently celebrated his 17th birthday and has been part of the youth set-up at Town since he joined their U9s but will now be linking up with Rovers for his first taste of senior football. He had recently been an unused substitute for the first team squad in an EFL Trophy win over Plymouth Argyle and has been regularly training with the first team squad at Whaddon Road.

Miles will link up with fellow Cheltenham scholar, Toby Lawrence, at Glevum Park. Lawrence, a second year central defender, has been at Tuffley since the beginning of the season making four appearances so far.

Cox has also added to his squadby securing the registrations of Kieran Tracey and Will Higgins, both from County League side Hardwicke, although they are likely to be given some time with the club’s Development Squad in order to regain match fitness.