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Cheltenham Town make double swoop, with goalkeeper set to follow

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

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CHELTENHAM Town have captured winger Andy Haworth and left-back Paul Black, with goalkeeper Trevor Carson set to follow before the week is out.

Boss Mark Yates’ recruitment drive stepped up a notch on Tuesday with Haworth and Black both passing medicals and signing one-year deals at Whaddon Road.

The Echo understands former Bury number one Carson has also agreed a contract with the League Two club.

Yates has been searching for a replacement for the long-serving Scott Brown, who left to join Aberdeen after a decade with the club.

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Back-up goalkeeper Connor Roberts also left Cheltenham after two years as Brown's understudy.

Carson, 26, played against Cheltenham twice last season - in Bury's 4-1 win at Gigg Lane during the opening month of the campaign and for loan club Portsmouth in the goalless draw at Fratton Park in March.

He started his career at Sunderland and has also spent time on loan at Chesterfield, Lincoln City, Brentford and Hull City, making a total of nearly 150 senior appearances.

Carson was in goal for Lincoln when they enjoyed a 2-1 win at Whaddon Road in January 2011.

Having won 15 Under-21 caps, Killyleagh-born Carson was called up to the full Northern Ireland squad for the first time this summer.

Haworth, 25, finished last season at Conference Premier club Tamworth.

He has previously been on the books of Blackburn Rovers, Bury, Falkirk, Rochdale and Notts County.

Quick, tricky and comfortable on either flank, Haworth is more natural on the right.

He appears to be a direct replacement for Jermaine McGlashan, who turned down the offer of a new deal to join Gillingham at the end of last season.

"This can be a fresh start in the Football League for me," Haworth said. "Mark Yates really sold the club well to me. He is ambitious and has had some success over the last few seasons.

“He wants a hungry squad of players that want to improve themselves and that was a major aspect of me signing.

“I'm a flair player who likes to take people on and I like to be positive. I like to get crosses in, set goals up and hopefully chip in with a few myself."

Black will provide competition for Craig Braham-Barrett, who was first choice at left-back for most of last season.

The 24-year-old started his career at Oldham Athletic, spending time on loan at Barrow before joining Tranmere Rovers in 2012.

He was at Mansfield for one season, which included a loan spell in League One with Carlisle United.

Black made only one substitute appearance in the FA Cup for the League Two Stags during their first year back in the Football League.

"I'm looking forward to playing football for Cheltenham," Black said. "It was important for me that this was a footballing move and I got a really good impression from Mark Yates when I first met him.

“It's a good club to come and play my football so hopefully I can kick on and show why I should be playing.”

Black made his second senior appearance for Oldham against Cheltenham in April 2008, when the Latics enjoyed a 2-1 victory at Boundary Park.

"I have pictures all round my house of Cheltenham and it was a good day for me, so I have good memories,” he said.

* Cheltenham Town’s away match against Newport County has been moved forward to Friday, March 13 (7.45pm).

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