Bristol Rovers summer signing explains factors behind move from Fleetwood Town

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Bristol Rovers is the third club that Joey Barton and Jordan Rossiter will have been at the same time

Jordan Rossiter says Bristol Rovers will act as a fresh start for his career after moving on from Fleetwood Town.

The 25-year-old was the first signing of the summer and was signed from the Gas’ League One rivals for an undisclosed fee.

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Rossiter had still been in contract for a further season when Fleetwood decided to sell him but a reunion with Joey Barton acted as the next best move for the midfielder.

Rossiter, who was captain at Fleetwood at the start of last season but faced a number of niggling injuries, looked to the manager as someone who has helped shape his career given they both played in midfield.

He had also been a teammate of Barton at Rangers briefly and is looking forward to working with his fellow Scouser again.

Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel, he said: “At Fleetwood, I really enjoyed my time there, I’ve got a lot to be thankful for there. I was just looking for a fresh start here. I’m looking forward to seeing a few fresh faces down there.

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“I want to just enjoy my football. I worked with the gaffer before at Fleetwood and he was someone who helped me a lot as a player. He improved me every day and I was learning something new and I was playing the same position as the gaffer when he played.

“I’m looking to learning every day from the gaffer and getting involved in what will hopefully be a successful season.”

Rovers may have only been away from League One for the past season, but they have recruited a player that is knowledgeable of the division.

At Fleetwood for the past three seasons, he has accumulated 60 appearances, scoring one goal and is a signing that can be seen to give some third tier experience squad that have some individuals that haven’t played at this level.

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The former Liverpool academy player could pull on the shirt for the first time on Friday evening (July 1) when the pre-season schedule begins as Rovers make the short trip to non-league Melksham.

“It’s a tough league,” he admitted. “It’s very competitive with a lot of good teams. Especially with teams on a bit of a roll from last season and the momentum they’re carrying in from promotion.

“I think we’re going to have a very successful season. The lads seem a great group of boys, the signing the gaffer has made so far, everything is looking positive. I’m just looking forward to putting the shirt on for the first time.”

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