We are pleased to confirm the signing of forward George Lloyd on loan from Cheltenham Town for the rest of the season.
The 22-year-old brings a further attacking option to Paul Hurst’s squad and will link up with the likes of John McAtee and fellow January signing Mikey O’Neill.
Born in Gloucester, Lloyd came through Cheltenham’s academy before making his debut in August 2017. His spell in youth football saw him score a club record-equalling eight goals in an FA Youth Cup win over AFC Totton that same year before turning professional in November. In January 2018, he made his league debut against Stevenage before being handed his first League Two start that April in a 3-0 win against Morecambe, a game in which he picked up an assist.
Later that month, he scored his first goal for Cheltenham in a 4-3 defeat against Cambridge.
The following campaign saw him enjoy nineteen matches on loan with Hereford in the National League North. After his recall, he scored a memorable goal against Lincoln City – an effort voted as Cheltenham’s goal of the season.
Lloyd’s appearances and involvements grew year on year with Cheltenham and he has, to date, made 94 professional appearances including eleven with Port Vale as part of a loan spell in the 2021-22 season.
On Lloyd’s arrival, Hurst said: “George is a player I’ve been aware of for some time and I’ve been tracking him for a while. It’s taken some time to get him in because of his situation throughout the window and Cheltenham waiting to bring players in but he’s always been a target of ours.
“I’m really happy to get him in the building. He’s an attacking player that won’t give defenders a minute’s rest. He’s young, hungry and keen to try get more gametime. I’m sure that, when he does that, he’ll add more goals to his game and I’m delighted to get him in.”
Lloyd himself added: “I’m buzzing to be here. When it came about, I gave it a bit of thought and spoke to the manager. That made me really want to come down and I’m glad that it’s done.
“Fundamentally, I’m a workhorse. I like to work hard and come off the pitch knowing that you’ve given 110%. That should be a given for anyone who is a professional athlete and hopefully I can chip in with some goals!”
George’s first interview with Town is now available exclusively on Mariners TV – check it out HERE.