Robins help drum up support

Former Netherlands international Theo Janssen is pondering

whether to retire from the game this summer.

The 31-year-old returned for a second spell at Vitesse Arnhem

last August from Ajax, signing a two-year deal, but is now

considering quitting less than 12 months later.

Janssen, who last appeared for Oranje in the 3-1 defeat of

Austria in February 2011, told Voetbal International: “Whether I go

on or not, I am not yet sure.”

He may be swayed by matching the appearance record of a Vitesse

Arnhem legend, however – Theo Bos, who died last month at the age

of 47.

Janssen added: “My decision depends on myself but if I play all

the remaining games this season then I will be on exactly the same

number of matches as Theo Bos, or so I am told.

“That is something nice to think about.”

Janssen will definitely hang up his boots in 2014 if he decides

to carry on for another season but denied fitness issues were

behind his thinking.

“I am fit, absolutely. Many people think I am fit enough and

should carry on as long as I can. But at some point you have to

make a choice,” he said.

“I will not be 34 or 35 years when I stop.

“It is certain for me that I would stop at the end of next

season anyway but at the end of this season we will see how I feel

and how the club feels. Then I will decide, not yet.”

The Robins’ board of directors have announced they will pay for

as many coaches as the supporters can fill for the trip to St James


Mark Yates’ men are guaranteed an League Two play-off place, but

automatic promotion remains a possibility and the manager believes

the extra backing in Devon can help make the difference.

“It would be great to see as many Cheltenham supporters down

there as possible,” he told the club’s official website.

“The support on Saturday was really good and if we can replicate

that at the weekend at St James Park then I know the players will


“I’m delighted the chairman came to this decision and it shows

how much we want to win this game.”