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Cheltenham Town video: Why ambitious Harrison found it impossible to turn down Robins

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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BYRON Harrison wants to develop a habit of scoring for Cheltenham Town, having caused so many problems for them in the past.

The 25-year-old front man arrived shortly before last Thursday's 11pm transfer deadline on a two-and-a-half year deal from AFC Wimbledon.

He made his debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 2-1 home win over Torquay United, despite only meeting his new team-mates hours before kick-off.

Harrison said manager Mark Yates' persistence and a chance to progress to League One with the promotion-chasing Robins were the main reasons he decided to leave his native London for first time.

"I have never been away from London before and I think it shows how much I rate this club," Harrison said.

"I was comfortable at Wimbledon and under no pressure to leave, but it was an easy football decision because this is a progression for me.

"The manager didn't need to say a lot to persuade me and him coming in for me again was enough really.

"He tried to sign me before so I knew he rated me and it was impossible for me to turn down this chance."

Harrison played non-League football with Jermaine McGlashan for Ashford Town (Middlesex) and he picked the winger's brain when the opportunity to move to Cheltenham arose for a second time.

"I spoke to Jermaine and he had no negative things to say about the club," Harrison said.

"He used to set up a few goals for me at Ashford Town and hopefully we can link up well again here at Cheltenham."

Harrison scored against Cheltenham for Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow earlier this season, with the Robins running out 2-1 winners.

But he had a field day against Yates' men for Stevenage in February 2011 when they thrashed Cheltenham 4-0 en route to promotion to League One.

"Last Thursday was a nightmare day for me because the move was on and then off and then on again," he said.

"I wanted it to go through and it did, so I am happy. I had a habit of scoring against Cheltenham and I want to now make a habit of scoring for them.

"I will run in behind defenders and impose my attributes on them.

"I will also be in the box hoping for crosses and I pride myself on scoring goals.

"The next two months are very important for us and we want to step on, so I will jump on board quickly and make a go of it."

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