Goalkeeper Will Puddy says the vision of a bright future at Chippenham Town is what prompted him to come back to Hardenhuish Park for the coming season.

Bluebirds boss Mark Collier was in need of a new number one ahead of the start of the 2018-19 National League South season after loanee Jared Thompson’s return to parent club Chelsea and has swooped to fill the void with former Bristol Rovers stopper Puddy.

The 30-year-old spent part of the 2011-12 season with the Bluebirds under Adie Mings in the Southern League and has since gone on for forge a career in the professional game.

Puddy was part of the Rovers team that won the National League play-off final at Wembley in 2015 and made nine further appearances for the club following their promotion back to the Football League.

After leaving the Memorial Stadium 12 months ago, Puddy was most recently at newly-crowned Southern League Premier Division champions Hereford.

Former Cheltenham Town keeper Puddy still retains lofty ambitions in the game and says the Bluebirds’ own aspirations made for a perfect match.

“It was an easy decision in that they are a club that have got a lot of ambition,” said Puddy.

“I spoke to the manager to get a feel for what the club is trying to achieve and there is certainly a lot to be optimistic and positive about at Chippenham Town.”

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