McCann makes Whaddon Road return

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CHELTENHAM TOWN have re-signed West Ham midfielder Grant McCann to a month's loan with the Division Two outfit.

The 22-year-old is expected to go right into manager Graham Allner's squad for the match at Blackpool on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland Under-21 international had a previous long-term loan with the Gloucestershire club two seasons ago, where he made 33 appearances and scored three goals for The Robins.

McCann returned to Upton Park at the end of that season and eventually signed a new contract with The Hammers but the Belfast-born player has decided to take another loan spell in order to get more first team action.

On the return of McCann to Whaddon Road, Allner told the Cheltenham Town official website: "We are delighted to have Grant back with us and his arrival will give everyone a timely boost.

"We tried to sign him in the summer but the move did not materialise and he is one of a number of enquiries we have made in recent weeks.

"He is joining us for an initial month but we are hopeful that if everything works out we can extend it for longer.

"The good thing about signing Grant is that he knows exactly what he is coming into and we know exactly what we are getting.

"We still have the majority of players that were here last time he was with us so he will not need much time to settle in.

"Grant was a popular figure here before and now he is two years older and wiser.

"What is particularly pleasing for me is that Grant was very keen on this move.

"He is desperate for first team football and it was with us that he wanted to get it."

Meanwhile, Cheltenham Town youngster Richard Kear has joined non-league Weston-super-Mare on a month's loan.

Kear will join the Dr. Martens League Western Division side for more first team experience and to aid with his playing development.

The former Whaddon Road trainee signed professional terms last season and has made regular appearances in Cheltenham's reserves over the last two seasons.

Robins assistant manager Mike Davis said: "It will be good for Richard to experience some competitive football and the move can do him nothing but good.

"He is joining a good club who are riding high in their league at the moment and the experience will prove valuable to him if he is going to go on to bigger and better things, as we all hope he will.

"No disrespect to reserve team football, but sometimes it can give you a false impression as - win, lose or draw - there is not necessarily much pressure.

"Where he is going every game will be meaningful and this will benefit him on the mental as well as physical side of his game."