Cheltenham Town: It's a Noble deal for deadline day
MIDFIELDER David Noble has joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Rotherham United until January, with left-back Billy Jones leaving by mutual consent.
Manager Mark Yates has moved quickly to add another midfield option in a bid to arrest his side's poor start to the League Two campaign.
The Robins have taken only four points from a possible 15, going down 4-1 at Bury on Saturday and they lie 21st in the table.
Noble, 31, will go straight into the squad to face Plymouth Argyle in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tonight (7.45pm) and Yates is hoping he will provide a creative spark.
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"We're missing something at the minute," Yates said.
"We feel that David has the ability to grab hold of the game with his ability on the ball and his passing.
"He demands the ball and he's an obvious candidate. I'd like to thank (Rotherham United boss) Steve Evans for helping us get this deal done."
Scotland B international Noble started his career at Arsenal and has since turned out for West Ham, Watford, Bristol City, Yeovil Town and Exeter City.
Fellow midfielder Matt Richards is struggling with a hamstring injury, adding to a concerning list of players in the treatment room.
Veteran striker Jamie Cureton could be on the bench this evening after recovering from a dislocated shoulder, but three defenders are ruled out.
Steve Elliott (jaw) is expected to return in time to face Portsmouth at Whaddon Road on Saturday, but Troy Brown (hamstring) and Craig Braham-Barrett (ankle) will both miss out.
Braham-Barrett will miss up to four weeks of action after yesterday's X-ray revealed no fracture.
That did not stop Yates allowing Jones to leave, having fallen out of favour this season.
The 30-year-old former Leyton Orient and Crewe man did not feature in any of the Robins' opening seven matches of the season.
He requested a loan move after falling below Braham-Barrett in the pecking order.
And on Saturday, the right-footed Sido Jombati was sent on from the bench after Braham-Barrett's injury, another sign that Jones' time with Cheltenham was coming to an end.
Jones arrived from Exeter City last summer and weighed in with an impressive 13 assists last term.
His left-footed deliveries were an important source of goals for the Robins as they reached the play-offs, but Yates is believed to have been concerned by his lack of speed.
He struggled against tricky and fast wingers last term, most notably Port Vale's Jennison Myrie-Williams, who tore him apart at Vale Park and Jones was hauled off at half-time.
He made 45 starts and one substitute appearance for Cheltenham.
Cheltenham's final piece of deadline day business was extending the loan stay of Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss, who has made two starts for the club so far.