FORMER Forest Green favourite Chris Stokes has joined League Two rivals Stevenage.

Stokes,28, joins Stevenage from Bury after helping the Shakers to promotion to League One last season. 

The left-sided defender has made 263 career first-team games for five clubs, including Bolton, Coventry City and Forest Green.

He made 43 appearances last season in all competitions, scoring four goals.

Stokes spoke to Stevenage's official website about the move, saying: "The manager got in contact with my agent and asked if I was available.

"I came down and met Dino and we had a great chat.

"It's a great training ground, I know a few of the lads and it's a great place to come and play."

He also eyeing a third consecutive promotion, adding: "Promotion was part of my chat with Dino.

"I've done it back-to-back and I want to do it again. That's what you play football for."