Robins sign defender
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Caines linked up with the League Two side earlier this month after being released by Walsall at the end of last season.
The young centre half has featured in the club's pre-season friendlies and shone sufficiently to clinch a three-month contract at Whaddon Road.
Ward admits the 20-year-old is not yet ready for the first team but feels Caines has a chance to earn a longer stay at the club.
"He's one for the future," Ward told the club's official website.
"I don't see Gavin as a first team player just yet but he has done well in the time that he's been here and has a first-class attitude."
Caines spent a spell on loan at non-league Stafford Rangers last term and is eager to test himself in The Football League with Cheltenham.
He commented: "Obviously I would like to get in to the first team as soon as possible but that will depend on the gaffer and how I get on.
"I've enjoyed the three friendlies so far and I'm hoping to get more chances."