Bristol Rovers notebook: Billy Bodin finds new League One club, Jordan Rossiter starts trial

Bristol Rovers are up and running over pre-season with a 4-2 victory over Melksham Town which had some good moments, and not-so-good moments, as should be expected at this stage of the summer.

With eight new signings to be integrated into the squad and more to surely follow over the coming weeks, plus further departures, it’s a period of transition for Matt Taylor but a necessary one as he looks to build his team for the season ahead.

With the kick-off for the League One campaign just over a month away, here are some of the latest Rovers-related stories and headlines concerning past players…

Bodin signs for Burton

Former Bristol Rovers favourite Billy Bodin has found a new club in League One, signing a two-year contract with Burton Albion. Bodin has been available on a free transfer following his release by Oxford United.

Bodin scored nine goals in 41 appearances for the Us as they sealed promotion into the Championship but shortly after their play-off triumph over Bolton Wanderers revealed he would be moving on after three years at the Kassam Stadium.

The 32-year-old remains a popular figure at the Mem following his two-and-a-half seasons in blue and white quarters in which he scored 37 goals in 107 games. Rovers were offered the chance to bring him back to BS7 in January 2021, when Paul Tisdale was in charge, but they elected to look elsewhere.

“I’m really excited. I spoke to the manager about the plans going forward and the way he wants to play and ultimately that’s why I’ve decided to come here,” Bodin said, after his move to Burton was confirmed. “I still feel that I’ve got plenty to offer at League One level and hope that I can also add some experience to the squad to help benefit the younger players.”

Rossiter on trial at Stockport

Jordan Rossiter is on trial at League One rivals Stockport County after leaving Bristol Rovers at the end of his contract. Rossiter was named as “Trialist A” for Stockport’s pre-season friendly against Chester but was withdrawn after just 20 minutes due to injury.

Rossiter’s time in north Bristol was significantly impacted by injury, with knee issues limiting him to just four appearances in his final 18 months but this latest problem is understood to just be a minor cut to his face.

Stockport play Oldham Athletic at Prenton Park this coming Saturday, giving Rossiter another opportunity to impress and potentially earn a contract. Dave Challinor’s backroom team at Edgeley Park includes former Rovers coaches Clint Hill and Andy Mangan.

Rovers travel to Stockport for their third league fixture of the 2024/25 campaign on August 24 before hosting the League One new boys on January 11.

Rovers confirm ticketing structure

Rovers have introduced price banding for all home games for the 2024/25 season with opponents classified from A-C, with adult tickets starting at £15 and going up to £35, depending on the relevant category and area of the ground.

For non-season ticket holders, the Gas have released tickets for five matches at the Mem: Northampton Town, Cambridge United, Wigan Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic, all of which have been designated as Category B fixtures.

That costs an adult fan £20 in the terraced areas, £25 in the South Stand and £30 in the seating sections of the East or West Stand.

In a statement, Rovers also confirmed that season ticket holders are no longer permitted to relocate to other parts of the ground without paying the cost of the relevant match ticket. For more information about pricing click HERE