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Bristol Rovers hope Tom-Tom can guide them to League One promotion

Rovers beat West Brom 2-1 in their final preseason match. Photo: ITV News

Bristol Rovers are targeting another promotion push when the season gets underway on Saturday.

Rovers narrowly missed out on the League One playoffs last year.

The club has brought in several new players during the transfer window including striker Tom Nichols and defender Tom Broadbent.

Tom Nichols signed for Rovers from Peterborough Credit: ITV West Country

Nichols has settled well at the club and scored in a 2-1 victory over Premier League side West Brom.

He has played previously for Exeter and had a brief spell on loan at Bath City.

The 23 year-old says the team spirit at the club is a big strength on the pitch.

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25 year-old Tom Broadbent is a former soldier with the Royal Artillery.

Broadbent completed a tour of Afghanistan and played football for the Army team before deciding to try and become a professional player.

Tom Broadbent completed a tour of Afghanistan before signing for Rovers. Credit: Tom Broadbent

Broadbent compiled a personal highlight reel which impressed the club enough to sign him.

He is already in peak physical shape and ready for the new season.

Broadbent is determined to make a successful transition to league football. Credit: ITV West Country

Broadbent also says now he can train consistently which is helpful for his game.

I was having a good run of games and then having to go away with the army. Not kicking a ball for a few months and then coming back and trying to get back into it. Now I'm playing full time it's a lot better.

– Tom Broadbent

Broadbent was given a surprise welcome to the club when he had water emptied over his head by teammates.

Tom Broadbent is given a surprise welcome by his teammates. Credit: Bristol Rovers

Rovers spent a week training in Portugal to prepare for the new season and with several other signings the squad will have to gel quickly.

The team are in the final stages of preparation for Saturday's match. Credit: ITV West Country

Broadbent once scored a free kick in an Army-Navy match at Yeovil.

Rovers will be hoping he and Nichols can provide the firepower to lead Rovers's promotion push.

Charlton Athletic v Bristol Rovers, Saturday 5 August, The Valley, 3pm kick off