EXCLUSIVE: League One bid for Cheltenham Town defender

Bolton Wanderers' Dion Charles (right) and Cheltenham Town's Lewis Freestone battle for the ball
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Cheltenham Town have received a bid from a League One club for defender Lewis Freestone.

The 24-year-old has one year left to run on his contract at Whaddon Road.

He joined the Robins from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2020, having also previously been on the books of Peterborough United.

Freestone has made more than 100 EFL appearances for Cheltenham, almost always operating on the left of a back three.

He featured in 14 games during the 2020/21 League Two title-winning campaign and also put in a superb performance against Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez during that season's televised FA Cup fourth round tie.

It was not until club captain Will Boyle left for Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2022 that Freestone fully established himself in the starting XI, but he quickly became a key member of Wade Elliott's team.

He played 29 times as the Robins survived in League One for the second successive season in 2022/23, missing three months after picking up a knee injury in the New Year's Day defeat at Bristol Rovers, but returning for the run-in to help secure a 16th-placed finish.

He started 34 League One games in 2023/24, along with two cup appearances, as the Robins suffered relegation back to League Two.

It is unlikely that a decision will be made on Freestone's future until a new head coach is appointed.

Cheltenham were due to interview three candidates for the job on Monday, with a decision expected on Darrell Clarke's successor before the end of this week.