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‘Great news’ – These Bristol Rovers fans had high hopes for this controversial arrival, but it did not go well

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After bouncing straight back into the Football League at the first time of asking in the 2014/15 season, Bristol Rovers fans will have been hoping for a decent campaign in League Two.

Eight new faces arrived in the summer as Darrell Clarke looked to build a squad that could hopefully push for the upper echelons of the fourth tier.

Billy Bodin, James Clarke, Chris Lines and Adam Drury were all brought in, but it was the signing of a controversial winger that sparked a lot of interest amongst fans.

This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

The man in question was Cristian Montano who joined the club as a free agent in the summer.

Just under two years earlier, the winger had been sacked by Oldham Athletic after being accused of match-fixing.

It was alleged that he had tried to get himself booked in a League One clash with Wolves in exchange for cash, but was found not guilty in the end.

The Gas’ fans were more than willing to put this news behind them as well and hoped that the winger could help fire them up the table:

Despite putting the accusations behind him, Montano never lived up to his potential.

He scored just two goals in 31 appearances for the club in his first season as the club secured an impressive second consecutive promotion, although he did assist Billy Bodin for the opening goal in their crucial 2-1 win against Dagenham and Redbridge on the final day of the season.

The Colombian remained with the club for their first season back in League One, but was a bit part player at best again, scoring just once all season.

He was sold to Northampton at the end of the season, ending a very underwhelming on a personal level for the winger.

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