On-loan Cheltenham Town fullback Tom Field has revealed that he is enjoying life in League Two with the Robins as he looks to get regular game time at the Jonny Rocks Stadium.
Field joined the Robins on deadline day from Championship club Brentford having been signed by Russell Milton.
Despite dropping down two leagues, Field has been impressed with the setup at Whaddon Road.
He said: “It’s a good setup here. For a League Two club, they have everything going in the right direction. We just need the results to pick up and we’ll be on the right track.”
Field faced Cheltenham when playing for Brentford in the League Cup earlier this season and caught the eye of caretaker boss Milton.
“They liked the way I got forward when I played against Cheltenham and we had a lot of the ball which allowed me to get forward, and Russ said he likes that in a fullback.
“The new manager has come in and I might have to change my game up a bit but it’s what I have to do.”
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With 29 players in the squad at Cheltenham, Field realises that competition for places is tough, but it is a challenge that he is relishing during his stay in Gloucestershire.
“If one doesn’t play it only improves the other and I think there’s five fullbacks so it doesn’t matter if you play or not you are always going to get better in the long run.
“There’s loads of games in a short space of time. I came off after 45 on Saturday because I picked up a slight knock so I don’t know whether I will be fit enough for tomorrow, so it gives someone else an opportunity. I’ll have to work hard to get back in the team on Saturday.”
At just 21, Field is still learning his trade in the Football League but has praised the influence of the more experienced players in the Cheltenham dressing room.
He said: “They’ve helped massively. I remember playing a game after only one training session and they were massive influences because they are the biggest voices in the back four, especially the skip who’s always telling me to tuck in.
“I think the biggest difference is the amount of turnovers in possession, so you have to get forward and get back so it is probably the hardest working league out there just because of the amount of turnovers there are.
“There is lot of corners, a lot of goal kick, you have to get back in shape and be compact and I think that is the hardest thing.”
Field may not be fit enough ahead of Tuesday evening’s crunch clash with Morecambe, but he is sure to play a big part in helping the Robins preserve their status in the Football League.