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Townsend shuns Bees return
06 Feb 2009 - 15:11:29
Cheltenham Town defender Michael Townsend has vowed to stay at Whaddon Road and fight for his place after turning down a permanent move to Barnet.
Townsend had been on loan with the Bees for three months this season, making 15 appearances for the League Two side.
Barnet manager Ian Hendon was keen to bring Townsend back to Underhill, but the 22-year-old has rejected a switch and vowed to fight his way back into manager Martin Allen's plans.
"I know I can do a job at this level between now and the end of the season," Townsend told the Gloucestershire Echo.
"I've been in relegation battles with the club twice before and I'm not done at Cheltenham yet.
"I love the club, they've been fantastic to me helping me start my career and I want to get back playing to help the cause.
"I want to emulate what players like Lee Ridley and Josh Low have done and fight my way back into the side and help the lads fight out of trouble again."