Released Bristol Rovers striker reunites with Chris Hargreaves at Yeovil Town

Chris Hargreaves’ first signing as Yeovil Town boss is one of his former development strikers at Bristol Rovers

<p>Ollie Hulbert has found a new club after leaving Bristol Rovers this summer. (John Smith/FAW)</p>

Ollie Hulbert has found a new club after leaving Bristol Rovers this summer. (John Smith/FAW)

Yeovil Town have begun their summer transfer business with the signing of Ollie Hulbert following his release from Bristol Rovers.

Hulbert was one of 13 players let go by the Gas in the summer and now former midfielder Chris Hargreaves has moved quickly to sign him up, making him his first addition since taking over.

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The 19-year-old made no appearances for the Rovers senior team but was a part of their academy side which Hargreaves oversaw before it was cut back due to cuts after the financial impact of COVID-19.

He has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Huish Park but there is an option for him to extend his stay should he be successful.

“I’m absolutely buzzing. It’s a move that’s been in the works for a little while, now that it’s all signed, I just can’t wait to start,” said Hulbert after making his first permanent move away from Rovers.

Manager Hargreaves added; “Ollie is a young player with potential who is now ready to kick on. He will be a welcome addition to our squad. “I know him well from our time at Rovers and look forward to working with him again.”

Hulbert had been working under another former midfielder for a majority of last season, playing under legend Lee Mansell at Gloucester City.

He registered nine goals in 32 games for the Tigers in the last campaign, helping the Tigers to safety in the National League North.

Prior to that, he played under another former Rovers man, spending time on loan at Cymru Premier outfit Cardiff Metropolitan University, scoring 14 goals in 23 games for Christian Edwards, who was a defender at the Mem in the early 2000s.

Hargreaves is back in management after taking over Yeovil last month, returning to the dugout after a spell at Torquay United which lasted from January 2014 to June 2015.

From September 2016, he took up a role with Rovers as under-21’s coach but left in February of this year. During his time at the club he did see the likes of Alfie Kilgour and Luca Hoole, players he nurtured in his capacity, graduate into the first-team.

Chris’ son Cameron was also on the books and is one of the 13 players looking for a new side after spending time at Tommy Widdrington’s King’s Lynn Town.