Managers guided Gill to Bristol Rovers

Matt Gill has revealed some advice from Norwich City manager Paul Lambert helped him decide to join League Two side Bristol Rovers.

The ex-Canaries midfielder was not offered a new deal to stay at his boyhood club after being signed by Bryan Gunn in the summer of 2009 – which left the 30-year-old Fakenham-born star with a decision to make.

And while his former club Exeter City and Walsall – where Gill made eight appearances on loan last season – were both in the hunt, Gill decided a three-year deal at the Memorial Stadium suited him best.

'I had a few League One clubs in for me and a couple of offers on the table, but the chance to play for a big club like Bristol Rovers was too good an opportunity to miss,' said Gill.

'I've worked with the manager (Paul Buckle) before at Exeter and had a really good relationship with him and this was another chance to link up with him. His management record speaks for itself and he was a major factor in my decision to come here.'

Gill added: 'The last few years have been unbelievable. It was a bit frustrating not playing a great deal during my time at Norwich, but I think being at a club like that has helped my winning mentality.

'Paul Lambert has been fantastic and during the last two years I think I've learned a lot about myself. I spoke to him when I was deciding who to join and he told me to ignore which league the various clubs were in and to join the best one.

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'I talked it through with him and he agreed that joining Rovers was the best thing for me.'