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Chris Hussey hoping to use Sheffield United experience to help Cheltenham after his free-kick secures promotion

Cheltenham Town will be playing League One football next season thanks to former Sheffield United defender Chris Hussey.

Needing to secure at least a point at home to Carlisle United on Tuesday night to confirm promotion, Cheltenham trailed 1-0 until the 56th minute.

Hussey then scored a stunning free-kick. It sealed the 1-1 draw that guarantees the Robins a top three place in League Two with two matches left to play.

For the 32-year-old, next term won’t be his first experience in the third tier of English football.

Hussey has previously played at that level with Coventry City, Bury and most recently, the Blades.

The left-back was signed by Chris Wilder in the summer 2016 in his first transfer window since becoming manager at Bramall Lane.

Hussey played 11 times in 2016/17 as Wilder guided United to the League One title.

The following campaign he played on loan at Swindon Town, before leaving South Yorkshire permanently in 2018 to join Cheltenham.

Yet Hussey is hoping that experience of winning the title will serve him well next term.

“It will be another challenge. But if we take the underdog mentality we’ve always had, even in this league, and everyone sticks together, we can go a long way,” he told Gloucestershire Live.

“I am lucky enough to have won the league above, so hopefully I can help the lads. But everyone has been brilliant this year, to a man.

“I am delighted for everyone associated with the club and we have created a little bit of history.”

Chris Hussey turns it around at Cheltenham after United struggles

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Promotion with the Robins completes an inspiring turnaround for Hussey after hitting a low point at Bramall Lane.

Struggles off the pitch hindered the full-back’s time with United. Although the club helped him get back on track.

It was shortly after moving to Sheffield that Hussey admitted to being addicted to sleeping tablets. It later emerged he had anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The Blades’ club doctor at the time (referred to only as Dr Baz) helped him through it – even after he left for Swindon.

Hussey has since graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a first class honours degree in exercise and sport science.

He is trying to get a paper published with Dr Baz and is also working towards his Uefa B coaching qualification and intends to begin a masters in sports directorship.

Off the pitch things are going as well for Hussey as they are on it.

It may never have quite worked out for him at United, but it’s always good to see a former Blade doing well.

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