Bristol Rovers send Tom Mehew out on month’s loan to non-league Bath City

One of Bristol Rovers’ young guns has been sent out to Bath City to get some vital first-team minutes under his belt
Tom Mehew is back at Twerton Park for a second loan spell. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)Tom Mehew is back at Twerton Park for a second loan spell. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Tom Mehew is back at Twerton Park for a second loan spell. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Bristol Rovers have sent out young midfielder Tom Mehew out on loan to non-league side Bath City on a month’s loan.

The 20-year-old rejoins the Romans for a second spell after playing seven times for them last season before their season was curtailed.

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In a brief statement, the club wished the player well as he embarks on another short-term spell away from the Memorial Ground: “Everyone at the club wishes Tom the very best of luck during his time away from the Mem.”

He has made one appearance this season, playing the entirety of the match in which Chelsea’s Under-21s defeated Rovers 2-1 in the EFL Trophy.

His return to Bath is in addition to loan spells at Yate Town, Frome Town and Stratford, all of whom are around the same level.

Tom was introduced to the first-team set up by Ben Garner in the EFL Trophy last year, scoring on his debut against Walsall and has so far made appeared four times for the senior team.

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The loan to Bath City will hopefully come of some benefit to a player who has excelled at youth level, winning the award for Under 18’s Player of the Year, in 2019.

His contract, which was extended last year, expires at the end of the current season and a successful loan spell at Bath could prompt the Pirates to extend his deal.

There is a hope that he can succeed in Bristol, given he is the youngest son of Rovers legend David Mehew who turned out for the club for nine years, playing from the mid-eighties to the mid-nighties, accumulating over 200 appearances.

Mehew becomes the fifth player to leave the club on a temporary basis this season with a host of players plying their trade at a non-league level.

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Lucas Tomlinson and Ollie Hulbert are both at National League North outfit Gloucester City, whilst Kinsly Murray and Joe Budd are at Cirencester Town and Hendon respectively.

Fringe first-team player Ben Liddle meanwhile is spending the entirety of the campaign with the Queen of the South, which will see out the remainder of his contract.

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