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End-of-term novelty for Harrold

Bristol Rovers striker Matt Harrold is for the first time heading into the close of a season with nothing but pride to play for.

The forward, who has enjoyed spells with several clubs in the lower regions of the Football League, has always been involved in a promotion push or a relegation scrap at this stage in the campaign.

But following Rovers' goalless draw at Swindon on Saturday, which leaves the Pirates 14th in League Two, Harrold and his team-mates find themselves 15 points off the play-offs and 14 above the drop zone. However, the 27-year-old has insisted the team's position will not lead to him slacking off.

"I was thinking the other day about it and I've never been in this sort of position before. I've always be involved at the top of the league with a team looking to get promoted or I've been down the bottom and been relegated a couple of times," he said.

"Everyone talks about the teams with nothing to play for but I've never really experienced it before and so it's new to me but we're all professionals and we all want to do well for the team and for ourselves.

"The manager is still working us properly and we are still training very hard and he has said to us that some players are playing for contracts and stuff like that. So it might be that there's nothing to play for in terms of the league but we're still working just as hard."