Former Forest Green favourite Elliott Frear is a free agent after leaving Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell. Sports editor Ashley Loveridge sat down with the flying winger to discuss his time in Scotland, Forest Green and his nearly move to Cheltenham Town. 

Ashley Loveridge: You had a fantastic time at Motherwell, playing the likes of Celtic and Rangers, was it disappointing when your two-year stint came to an end?

Elliott Frear: Yes, I had a great time at Motherwell, enjoyed two domestic cup finals and two good league finishes. It was my decision to leave after they offered me a new contract, I just felt like I needed a change of scenery and a different challenge.

AL: You've spent time during pre-season at Oxford United, what's the current situation?

EF: Yes, I’ve played two game and done okay, it’s a big club with superb facilities so will just have to wait and see. It’s important for me to be a first team regular next season so I’m just weighing up some options and I’ll go from there.

AL: Forest Green was a red-hot period for you, including a trip to Wembley, how do you recall your time at the New Lawn?

EF: I absolutely loved it, I would say it’s the happiest I’ve ever been at a football club - both on and off the pitch. One day I would love to return, the fans were great to me and my family, my wife and I really enjoyed our time in the area, hopefully something in the future will pop up.

AL: You were close to joining Cheltenham in your final season at FGR. What was the story behind a move which at the time sparked a war of words between chairman Dale Vince and his Cheltenham Town counterpart Paul Baker?

EF: Yes, we held talks and I decided against it at the time, I was very happy at FGR and wanted to get the club promoted, the opportunity at Motherwell in January was something I couldn’t refuse at the time though.

AL: How was it playing against the likes of Celtic and Rangers?

EF: They are huge games, both Parkhead and Ibrox are world-class stadiums and sell out every game. The first time I played at Ibrox I got goose bumps in tunnel, the noise was something else. Scoring at Celtic Park was definitely a career highlight for me.

AL: At 28 do you feel you are reaching your peak as a footballer?

EF: No, not at all, I haven’t played a huge amount over the past two years, I’ve been really lucky injury wise so I’m hoping I’ve still got a good few years left at a high level.

AL: Is the plan to play in England?

EF: The main plan is to get playing regularly and getting back to enjoying myself again. My wife and I like living in Scotland, our daughter was born in Scotland, it’s a great place to be and links back down south are very good, so I’m just keep my options open now.

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