Defender Jordan Cheadle is to remain a Robin following his trial with a National League club, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
The 28-year old spent a week with Dagenham and Redbridge recently and, despite impressing enough to earn the offer of a contract, Cheadle returned to the fold at Colston Avenue this week.
But he has no regrets over his experience and is looking forward to the season ahead.
“I had no intentions of moving on during the summer but this opportunity came out of the blue and I had to give it a go,” said Cheadle.
“An offer was put on the table but it wasn’t realistic enough for me to give up my day job. Dagenham is a full-time club but I work full-time in recruitment, so it was always going to be a huge decision to make.
“But I made it clear to Peter and Paul throughout that if it didn’t work out I’d be returning to Carshalton. It is a great club and I love being here.”
Cheadle is looking forward to taking on the Bostik Premier but doesn’t expect it to be an easy ride.
“It’s going to be tougher than last season naturally, but I think the fact most of the squad have stayed speaks volumes about the club and also the spirit among the players,” he added.
“If we stick together and continue our impressive home record, then we could surprise a few people.”
Next up for the first-team squad is a pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday 21st July (kick-off 3pm).