Weston-super-Mare defender signs for EFL side Bristol Rovers but says he has had the ‘best experience’ with the Seagulls

PUBLISHED: 14:24 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:24 01 June 2017

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One of Weston-super-Mare’s star performers from last season. Rollin Menayese, has made the step up to the football league and signed for Bristol Rovers today (Thursday).

Rollin Menayese.Rollin Menayese.

The 19-year-old joined the Seagulls back in December following his release from Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City.

In his spell at the club, he made 23 appearance and head coach Scott Bartlett said he deserves his chance at a League One club.

He said: “Rollin did really well for us, he deserves his move to Bristol Rovers. It’s not easy for young players that get released, it’s easy to get lost in the system but he put his belief and trust in myself, Barks and Chopper. He threw himself into everything we are trying to do here at Weston. He’s a good player and has all the attributes to do well, he will certainly be better for this experience, in many ways it’s been the making of him.”

Bartlett also added that Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke knows what to expect from a player who has played under him.

He added:”Darrell is a friend of mine and Rollin knows he is representing myself as well as the club now. We have told him that the next couple of years will define his career. He knows he needs to go there and be the hardest working player at the club.

“It goes without saying that we wish him all the best and are proud that another young player has progressed at our club.”

The centre half said he wanted to thank Weston for giving him the opportunity to play regular football.

He said: “I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Weston AFC. From the staff and players to the fans for making feel so welcome and making my time with the club so enjoyable.

“I have improved a lot as a player during my time with the club and learned a lot about my game, gaining a lot of experience in my time with the team. It’s has been one of the best experiences in my career to date.

“I am delighted to have now signed for Bristol Rovers and just want to thank everyone at the club, the players and staff for making everything happen, without them it wouldn’t have been possible.

“I would also like to say big thank you to the gaffer for giving me the platform and opportunity to play and develop.

“I am looking forward to the new season, and would want to wish Weston all the success in the future.”


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