'Delighted to be here' - Ex-Bristol Rovers defender joins League Two side following release

-Credit: (Image: Pete Norton/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Lewis Gordon has joined newly-promoted League Two side Chesterfield on a one-year deal with a club option to extend after being released by Bristol Rovers at the end of last season.

Gordon was one of seven players released by the Gas alongside the likes of captain Sam Finley and experienced striker John Marquis after struggling for consistency in Matt Taylor's side.

The left-back made 28 appearances for Rovers across all competitions last term, 19 of which starts, but suffered an injury in Taylor's first game in charge away at Crawley Town which saw him drop down the pecking order early into the 42-year-old's tenure.

Gordon did start the first five games of the season under Joey Barton but then had to wait over three months for his next league start with George Friend and Harvey Vale getting in the team ahead of the 23-year-old.

After featuring in the vast majority of Rovers' matches after mid-January, it did appear as though the young defender may be one of the players out of contract who would be kept on but Taylor kept him on the bench for games against Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United and Peterborough United before leaving him out of the squad entirely for the final day defeat at Wigan Athletic.

Although it's a drop down a division, Gordon should have a good chance of playing regular football consistently having joined Rovers in 2022 from Brentford's youth system, something that he never really got in blue-and-white quarters.

The 23-year-old is the second of the seven released Rovers players to find a new club after Harvey Greenslade signed for National League side Yeovil Town earlier this week.

Chesterfield stormed the National League last season to secure promotion back into the Football League after six years in the fifth tier and, under former Portsmouth and Wigan boss Paul Cook, you would expect the Spireites to be ambitious this season.

Speaking to the club's official media, Gordon said: “I’m delighted to be here, it’s a great club to come and be part of.

“The manager has spoken to me and given me confidence; I can’t wait to get going.

“It’s a club on the up. I have no doubts that I can progress here and be part of something special.

“I’m still only young and have lots to learn and I feel this is a place I can do that under a good manager and lots of good coaches.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the fans too – it seems like a fantastic fan base. I can’t wait to get going.”