Cheltenham Town sign Scot Bennett and Harry Pell, Lewis Freestone moves to Stevenage


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Cheltenham Town have announced the signing of defender and midfielder Scot Bennett, following the expiry of his contract at Newport County. Bennett, 33, joins the Robins after turning down a new deal with the Exiles, where he spent the last eight seasons.

Reuniting with Robins manager Michael Flynn, Bennett brings a wealth of experience and leadership to Cheltenham. He previously played under Flynn at Newport County, where he made over 350 appearances and was part of their memorable escape from relegation in the 2016/17 season. Bennett began his career at Exeter City, eventually captaining the team before moving to Newport.

"We are delighted to have Scot join us," said Flynn. "His experience and leadership qualities will be invaluable for us in the upcoming season."

In addition to Bennett, Cheltenham Town are also welcoming back experienced midfielder Harry Pell.

The 32-year-old returns to the club after his departure from AFC Wimbledon this summer. Pell previously spent three seasons with the Robins.

Pell began his career at Charlton Athletic and has played for several EFL clubs, including Bristol Rovers, Colchester United, and Accrington Stanley. He played a role in Cheltenham's return to the Football League under current Director of Football Gary Johnson, earning a place in the National League Team of the Year during their title-winning campaign.

"I’m thrilled to be back at Cheltenham," said Pell. "I have great memories here and look forward to contributing to the team's success under Michael Flynn."

Meanwhile, Cheltenham Town have agreed to terms with Stevenage FC for the transfer of defender Lewis Freestone.

The 24-year-old leaves the Robins after four seasons, during which he made over 100 appearances across League One and League Two. Freestone joined Cheltenham from Brighton & Hove Albion in 2020.

Stevenage manager Alex Revell expressed his excitement about the new signing: "Lewis has all the attributes we are looking for in a Stevenage FC player. He is an athletic, aggressive defender who can handle the ball. We tracked him all last season before making a bid, and I’m delighted we’ve secured his signature."

Freestone joins Louis Appéré and Dan Kemp as Stevenage’s summer signings, with Revell aiming to strengthen the squad for the upcoming season.