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Cheltenham Town hope to snap up free agent after exit from fellow League One club

Cheltenham Town hope to snap up goalkeeper Luke Southwood on a free transfer after his departure from Reading, reports Alan Nixon.

Cheltenham Town are keen to lure the stopper back to the Completely-Suzuki Stadium on a permanent basis after his impressive loan spell last season.

Southwood, who is 25-years-old, has now officially cut ties with Reading after his contract expired at the end of last month and he is now a free agent as he considers his next move in the game.

Reporter Nixon has claimed on Patreon that the Robins want to land him permanently this summer in preparation for another campaign in League One.


Ideal for Cheltenham

Southwood would be the ideal goalkeeping addition for Cheltenham if they can sort something out with him soon. He already knows the club, all the players, proved his worth last term and he understands how the team operates under current manager Wade Elliott.

The Northern Ireland international has been on the books at Reading for his whole career to date and now needs to find himself a new permanent home for the first time in his career.

Southwood rose up through the academy ranks of the Royals and was a regular for them at various youth levels. He had loan spells away at Bath City, Eastleigh and Hamilton Academical to get some experience under his belt before going on to make 30 first-team appearances altogether for the Berkshire outfit.

Cheltenham then came calling last July and he was given the green light to link up with the Robins on a temporary basis. He made the number one spot his own under Elliott last term and played 51 games in all competitions, 46 of which came in the league.

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