Forest Green ready for immediate return to promotion venues

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Forest Green are set to make an immediate return to the scene of their historic promotion to League One.

Rovers secured a place in the third tier with a goalless draw at Memorial Stadium on April 23.

And they face Bristol Rovers, themselves promoted after a stunning 7-0 win on the final day of the season, again on the opening day of the new campaign.

The season begins on July 30, with Forest Green’s first home game against Ipswich a week later.

Rovers next host Ligue 2 side Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup first round.

A trip to MK Dons awaits on Boxing Day, while Rovers wrap up their campaign in Cambridge on May 7.

With just a month to go, new head coach Ian Burchnall has continued to strengthen his squad.

Former Premier League midfielder David Davis has joined the club.

The 31-year-old heads to The New Lawn after spending last season with fellow third-tier side Shrewsbury Town. He previously played for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City.

Making the move, Davis said: “I got injured towards the end of last season, so now it’s all clear and I can’t wait to go – I can’t wait to start.”

Ian Burchnall, Head Coach, added: “David is a player who brings a lot of experience. He is a midfielder who can command the game physically and is a real leader on the pitch.

“It’s great to bring in a player of his quality and his knowledge will be crucial for the team this season.”

Left-back Harry Boyes has also joined the squad.

The 20-year-old joins Rovers on loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season.

Boyes enjoyed a loan spell with National League play-off runners-up Solihull Moors last season, making 36 appearances in all competitions for Neal Ardley’s side and he also featured in the League’s Team of the Season. National League.

Boyes said: “I am absolutely delighted to be here. This is my first opportunity to play in the EFL which will be a big new challenge.

“I was in the National League with Solihull last season and we did very well. I know Ian pretty well too having played against him a few times and his style of play suits me so I’m looking forward to it.

Ian Burchnall added: “I’m really happy to have Harry on board. He was a standout player in the Team of the Season last year and he’s having an outstanding year with Solihull.

“Sheffield United value him very highly and this is the next step in his development. We believe he is more than capable of stepping up a gear, he can bring a lot to the quality of the team, excellent on the ball and technically a very gifted player”

Boyes’ arrival at the club would seem to signal the departure of Nicky Cadden.

The Scot has been offered a new contract to keep him at the New Lawn but looks likely to join Kane Wilson, Dan Sweeney and Ebou Adams in seeking an opportunity to play elsewhere.

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