Defender links up with the Robins againAfter a highly successful loan spell with Cheltenham Town last season, Rob Dickie has today completed a loan move to return to Whaddon Road until 2nd January 2017.
The Robins were a National League club during his time there in 2015/16 – but a fantastic campaign by the Gloucestershire club saw them promoted back to League 2 at the first time of asking, 12 points clear at the summit of the table, meaning a chance for some regular action in the EFL for the 20-year-old.
Dickie initially joined Cheltenham at the beginning of the last campaign, but that spell came to an end as he picked up an injury against Chelmsford after hitting an unlikely hat-trick from defence in their FA Trophy win. But after making a full recovery, he spent the closing five weeks of the season at Whaddon Road to see them over the line – including five straight wins in the run-in.
A week after completing the season with Cheltenham, Dickie debuted for our first team on the final day of last season as we travelled to Blackburn Rovers. He was also involved in four fixtures during pre-season, as well as travelling out to Arnhem with the first-team squad.
He now rejoins Gary Johnson’s side in League 2, as they still seek their first league win since earning promotion. Consecutive 1-1 draws against Leyton Orient, Mansfield and Carlisle were followed by defeat to Doncaster – their next opportunity to take three points comes at home against Crewe Alexandra this weekend.
Dickie will be eligible to play in that game, and could meet fellow Royals loanee Craig Tanner the following weekend as the Robins visit Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. And then in November, he could line up on the opposite side of the teamsheet to Sean Long, who is on loan at Cambridge, before facing former Royal Jake Taylor and Exeter in December. His loan spell is due to end following the conclusion of the Robins’ League 2 clash at Colchester in the new year.
We wish Rob and the Robins the very best of luck during his loan spell.