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ETHAN Moore has been offered a professional contract by Cheltenham Town for next season.

The Robins youth team's leading scorer, formerly with Aston Villa, is expected to sign the deal and join up with boss Mark Yates' senior squad full-time when they begin pre-season training in July.

The other two youngsters given an extended trial period by Yates, defender James Fawke and goalkeeper Louie Barnfather, have both been released.

Yates said: "We know Ethan can score goals and he has done well all season.

"Is he ready for the first team straightaway? That remains to be seen, but we will do everything we can to develop him into an even better player."

Cheltenham's head of youth John Brough is hoping striker Moore can continue his progress and press for first team recognition next season.

"It's great for Ethan and he is a natural scorer," Brough said.

"Mark has seen his potential and hopefully he can feature next season."

The release of Barnfather and Fawke, who have progressed through the ranks at Cheltenham, is indicative of the club's tight financial position which means Yates cannot afford to carry development players who need more time to seriously challenge for a place in or around the first team.

"Unfortunately the club does not now have the budget for a development squad," Brough said. "A few years ago we had a consistent reserve team who won their league two years in a row with players like Scott Brown and Andy Gallinagh.

"That bridged the gap between youth and first team football, but things have changed."

Cheltenham play Macclesfield at home this afternoon before travelling to Lincoln City on Monday, (both 3pm).



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Depends how much action he gets, if he plays consistently, he'll get between 10 and 15

How dare you write him off :( more like 40/45 for a talented player like that you are looking at Ronaldo like figures, do you know nothing?

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