NEW signing Rob Sinclair admits he’s relishing the prospect of aiding Salisbury City’s promotion push and playing alongside his brother, Stuart.

The 23-year-old, who rejoined the club last week on a free transfer from Stevenage, has been welcomed back with open arms by City supporters.

After featuring in the Conference Premier during his two-year spell, which started in 2008, he turned down a switch to Macclesfield Town to secure a return to Old Sarum. “I’m over the moon to be back here and to be playing for a manager that believes in me,” he said.

“I’ve got some good friends here as well, including Brian Dutton and Robbie Matthews.

“The fact that we’re challenging for the title as well stands us in good stead to hopefully get back into Conference Premier, and I want to play a crucial part over the next few months.”

“It will be brilliant to play alongside Stuart. The last time I played with him was during our scholar days at Luton when I was 17. I’m just grateful I can play football with him again. Plus, it’s nice to be called a ‘fans’ favourite’.”

The midfielder marked his return with a bang, coming off the bench on Saturday to send Salisbury City into the ascendancy and help pull off a deserved comeback. Before Sinclair left Salisbury to further his career with the likes of Stevenage and Aldershot Town, he played many games alongside boss Darrell Clarke in midfield.

Sinclair added: “I’ve played alongside Darrell and he’s a brilliant player. And now he’s turned out to be a great manager. “I’ve obviously had a spell on the sidelines and I haven’t been playing so I can’t wait for the games to come thick and fast. The football Darrell wants us to play is no different to Football League teams. We just need to keep on increasing the gap at the top.”

Clarke added: “He’s composed, calm on the ball and I’m sure he’ll get better with games. I’m just delighted I’ve got him back. He’s a good lad and I want him to start enjoying his football again.”