An Army footballer who has signed for Bristol Rovers has been impressing after becoming the first soldier to sign for a league club for 27 years.

Lance Bombadier Tom Broadbent, of the Royal Artillery, featured in the League 1 side's 2-1 pre-season friendly win over Premier League side West Bromwich Albion over the weekend.

The burly central defender, who is 6ft 3in and 14 stone, doesn't officially leave the Army until September.

It comes after his sweetly-struck free kick helped the Army to retain their inter-services title earlier this year with a 4-1 win over the Royal Navy - you can see the full highlights below...

The 25-year-old told our reporter, Jon Knighton:

"It's all a bit overwhelming at the moment.

"As long as I'm playing I'll play wherever I'm told to. I'll play in goal if he [manager Darrell Clarke] wants!"

Broadbent has served around the world with the Army - from the extremely remote Ascension Island to Afghanistan, where he spent five months in 2014.

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