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‘His CV speaks volumes’ – Bedford sign ex-League Two player

‘His CV speaks volumes’ is just part of what Bedford Town had to say whilst announcing that they sign an ex-League Two player.

He started his career as a winger, though he’s usually played as a central midfielder during his professional career.

Yes, we’re talking about Rob Sinclair, whose former boss, Forest Green manager Adrian Pennock, described him as “a very intelligent footballer, his work ethic is fantastic and he works extremely hard for the team. He’s very clever with the ball, he finds space very easily and creates opportunities”.

He has also been described as combative and cultured in the way he plays football.

Bedford, who play in the Southern League Division One Central, said that they were delighted to welcome the signing of Rob Sinclair.

Their statement continued to read: “The 30 year old midfielder arrives at the Eyrie with a portfolio of football league experience. Having been born in Bedford, Rob had a successful youth development with Luton Town and graduated to a professional contract in 2007.

“After a stint on loan at Salisbury City, he then joined the whites on a permanent basis in 2008 and after making 54 appearances in two and a half years, he moved on to Stevenage FC. At Broadhall Way, he went on to secure promotion to League One in his first season before spending time on loan at Aldershot Town.

“Sinclair then returned to Salisbury City, winning promotion to the Conference Premier during the 2012/13 season. He left Salisbury in June 2014, signing for Forest Green Rovers, helping them earn promotion to the Football League during the 2016–17 season. As he looked to start his business outside of football, Sinclair elected to play semi-professionally for Oxford City and then in November 2018 joined Hemel Hempstead Town.

“We are also delighted to confirm that Rob has signed a one year contract with the Eagles, keeping him with us until May 2021.

Speaking to www.bedfordeagles.net, owner Jon Taylor said: “Securing the signature of Rob is something that we have been working all summer on. I’m delighted that he has agreed to join the club, and commit himself to the Eagles for the season by signing a contract. His years of experience in the National League and Football League will be invaluable to the side, and also develop the younger players in the squad greatly. “

Manager Mark Ducket said: “I’m absolutely delighted to get Rob signed to the club for the new season. His arrival underlines the ambition of the club’s intent, along with the other additions we have made. His CV speaks volumes and we fought off competition from other local clubs to get his signature. He is a local man who has great footballing values.”

Ducket continued: “He will be a big influence, not only to the dressing room, but younger players also. Huge thanks to go Jon, who yet again, has backed my vision and the club’s long term plan. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted it’s now done and dusted, and we can concentrate on the return of football soon.”


2007–2008 – Luton Town
2008 → Salisbury City (loan)
2008–2010 – Salisbury City
2010–2012 – Stevenage
2012 → Aldershot Town (loan)
2012–2013 – Stevenage
2012–2013 → Aldershot Town (loan)
2013–2014 – Salisbury City
2014–2017 – Forest Green Rovers
2017–2018 – Oxford City
2018–2020 – Hemel Hempstead Town
2020– Bedford Town

Bedford also uploaded a status via their social media accounts: “At the Eagles, we appreciate that it’s been a difficult time for business around the town. We appreciate even more that 90% of last seasons sponsors have renewed their support of the club for the coming season. Thank you.

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They finished the 2019/20 season in 12th position ,though the Southern League Division One Central was made null and void due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Of course, social media users reacted after Bedford stated ‘his CV speaks volumes’ – as they sign the ex-League Two player…

Paul Stewart: That’s a coup signing! I’ve followed Sinclair’s career. He’s in his prime. No disrespect to Bedford, but he is more than capable of playing at a higher level. Well done in securing his signature. I’m sure its turned the heads of rival teams.

Nigel Elston: Excellent ! Looks like the Eagles really mean business next season…

Steven McEwen: Yep definitely some pedigree he’s had o we the years, well done all involved in this signing

James Smith: What a signing for the Eagles!!! Love this…announce his brother resigning now!! ?

Max Edmunds: One Word summs this signing up and thats Awesome!! COYE!!

Bryan Jeffries: Now THATS a signing ????

Jason Lee: Now that’s a top signing for that level of football, this will only strenghten the club, good luck to them, though I’m still rooting for Thame United to get that promotion

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