Ex-Southampton forward chooses hometown club Yeovil over Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff has revealed that Yeovil Town’s new signing Ryan Seager trained with the Robins during the January transfer window.

The former Southampton striker is now set to face the Robins at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday night, after opting to return to his hometown club Yeovil.

The 22-year-old became a transfer target for Duff after returning from a loan spell at Telstar in Holland’s second tier – scoring just twice in only 11 appearances.

Seager had previously spent time on loan at Huish Park during the second half of last season, making seven appearances and scoring one goal.

Despite training with the Robins after his loan in Holland, Seager became the Glovers’ seventh signing of the transfer window, joining defender Craig Alcock who was released by Cheltenham last month.

Read our preview of Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town HERE.

Despite winning just two of their last six, including a 4-1 loss to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, Duff believes that Yeovil are showing signs of improvement with a change of formation and the additions made in the past month:

“They’ve changed their shape a little bit to a three in the middle of the pitch and they look a little bit more solid because they were a little gung-ho when we played them earlier in the season, it was a 4-2-4 at times so they look like they’ve shored it up a bit.

“They’ve signed a couple of players, obviously Ryan Seager who was training with us, so they’ve brought in quite a few.”

Craig Alcock, who only made eight appearances during his time at Whaddon Road, made his second debut for the Glovers on Saturday in their 1-0 defeat to Stevenage.

Duff claims that despite not having the impact he would have liked on the pitch, Alcock still had a positive influence at the club off the pitch and insists he will be missed.

“His contract ended so he was free to sign for whoever he wanted, and we knew there was a good chance he’d end up going to Yeovil because he knows the manager well and he started his career their too.

“Apart from Tuesday we wish him all the luck in the world because he was a great bloke and he did more behind the scenes than he did on the pitch. He did okay when he played but didn’t play as many games as I’m sure that he would’ve wanted to.”

If Cheltenham can secure a win against Yeovil on Tuesday night they will be eight points clear of the relegation zone and could potentially leap-frog Port Vale and Northampton, if the Cobblers lose their midweek fixture against Tranmere Rovers.

Catch the rest of Michael Duff’s press conference before Yeovil HERE.

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