Profile – Stuart Sinclair

By Keith Brookman

Stuart became Rovers fifth summer signing, and the second former Salisbury City player to link up with his former boss, Darrell Clarke, in June 2014.

An energetic, box to box midfielder, he had made 37 appearances in all competitions for the Whites.

He began his career with Luton Town and on leaving the Hatters he played for Cambridge City, Bedford Town, Dunstable Town and Arlesey Town as well as Salisbury.

Stuart made his Rovers debut on the opening day of the 2014/15 season in a 0-0 draw against Grimsby Town and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-2 win at Lincoln on 13th September.

Stuart Sinclair - Photo Credit - JMP
Stuart Sinclair – Photo Credit – JMP

A whole hearted player who quickly established himself as a crowd favourite, his season ended prematurely when he was injured at Gateshead in February 2015 and therefore missed out on an appearance at Wembley in the Promotion play off final.

However, he signed a new contract in the summer of 2015 and made 34 appearances, in all competitions, in his first season as a Football League player.

Like a number of the squad, he had his first taste of League One Football in 2016/17 and appeared in 38 league games.

Once again, he was one of the most consistent performers in the side and was rewarded with a new contract in the summer of 2017.

A regular member of the squad in the last two seasons, he was released in the summer of 2019 having scored seven goals in 142 league appearances for Rovers and once in 18 appearances in other competitions.

He wasn’t a free agent for long, as soon after being released he was signed by his former manager, Darrell Clarke, at Walsall.

Welcome aboard, Sincs!