Jack Barthram: Cheltenham sign former Tottenham defender

Jack Barthram
Jack Barthram started his career at Tottenham Hotspur

Cheltenham Town have signed defender Jack Barthram, who becomes the National League club's sixth new signing.

Barthram, 21, started his career at Tottenham Hotspur and joined Swindon in the summer of 2013, making 16 League One appearances for the club.

Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson said Barthram will be comfortable at either full-back or at wing-back.

"He could be in the Championship, that's what I think about him," Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"He has pace, energy and a bit of quality about him. I think people will enjoy his enthusiasm and his work rate. It's a coup for us to get him."

Barthram follows Jack Munns, Aaron Downes, Kyle Storer, Harry Pell and Amari Morgan-Smith in signing for the club ahead of the new season and Johnson said there will be further arrivals.

"I didn't want to leave it to the last minute and think there could still be three or four to come," he added.

Meanwhile, Cheltenham have appointed Joe Baker as their new first-team physiotherapist, while Ian Weston will head up the medical department and act as academy sports therapist.

"They will both be working for the first team and the academy and I trust either of them," Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Performance analyst, Craig Cope, has left to take up a similar role at League Two club Notts County, but the Robins already have a replacement lined up.

"It's an opportunity he couldn't really turn down," said Johnson. "He was a good worker and knew his job, we wish him well, but we've got someone in who we are very pleased with. We know him well, but can't announce it yet,"

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