Rovers keep key trio
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bristol Rovers have agreed new deals with their final three out-of-contract players.Bristol Rovers have agreed new deals with their final three out-of-contract players.
Defender Chris Carruthers, winger Lewis Haldane and striker Richard Walker (pictured) have all put pen-to-paper on extensions.
Carruthers has agreed a one-year deal at the Memorial Stadium, while Haldane has inked a contract to keep him with The Pirates for a further three seasons.
Walker, who, along with Haldane, had attracted interest from a number of clubs, has signed a contract through to 2009.
Rovers boss Paul Trollope is pleased to have been able to hang onto the trio as they were key members of last season's squad.
"The three remaining players from last season who had not signed have now agreed new contracts so it is all sorted," Trollope said.
"Obviously they are three players who played a major part in last season's success and this is the final part of keeping the group together so we are pleased about that."
Meanwhile, Trollope has confirmed he has retired from playing and will now focus completely on the coaching side.
The former Fulham, Coventry and Wales midfielder had remained as a member of Rovers' first-team squad for all of last season.
"I played a few reserve games last season, and I featured in a few of the friendlies as well, but as the season went on I did less and less training, and although I could probably still play to some level, the lads have improved so much," Trollope told the club's official website.
"From my own point of view it is the right time to put all my effort and energy into coaching, planning and preparation for the team, so I've finally hung my boots up.
"I had a good career, I enjoyed it very much, but now this is the start of another career for me. It's going okay at the minute, and I hope if I keep working hard I can have a long and successful career in what I'm doing now."