Bristol Rovers manager Paul Buckle is tipping new signing Chris Zebroski to be a big hit with Pirates fans.

The forward completed his move to Torquay earlier this week, following in the footsteps of fellow former Gull Scott Bevan, who made the switch to the Memorial Stadium last month.

And former United boss Buckle believes the 24-year-old can become a fans’ favourite, saying: “The supporters will love him and the energy and work rate he brings, not to mention the goals.

"It's a great signing and one we have been looking at for a few weeks. The chairman worked very hard to agree the deal and now I can't wait to start work with Chris again.


"In many ways Chris epitomises what we are going to be about. We know we have the ability and the skill in the squad, but without the work ethic that counts for nothing."

Rovers returned to pre-season training last week ahead of the club's two pre-season friendlies against Mangotfield United and Bath City, and the boss is impressed with the fitness of his newly inherited squad.

"The players came back in good shape and that's important in terms of injury prevention as much as anything. They know that if they pull or strain something then it's going to set them back," Buckle added.

"These early games are for fitness more than anything, but at the same time I need to educate them quickly on how I want to do things."

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