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Close becomes first summer signing

7 June 2021

Rovers have completed the signing of central midfielder Ben Close on a three-year deal from July 1.

The 24-year-old arrives from fellow Sky Bet League One side Portsmouth, and becomes Richie Wellens’ first signing as Rovers boss.

A creative midfielder with an eye for goal, Close has earned something of a reputation for himself after several long-range strikes in recent seasons.

After coming through the ranks at Pompey, he made his first-team debut back in 2014, before spending part of the 2016/17 campaign with non-league side Eastleigh.

He has gone onto make 190 appearances for his hometown club, helping them to push for promotion to the second tier in recent seasons.

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