Stevenage have made their third summer signing - splashing out the cash to do so.

Lewis Freestone is a 24-year-old left-sided centre-half who arrives from Cheltenham Town.

But it is the fact there is not only a fee involved that catches the eye, it is the reported figure too.

Stevenage have said it is a "six-figure fee", which corroborates some reports putting it at £100,000.

If true, that would put it just shy of the club's record spend, believed to be £110,000 for Scott Laird in January 2008. 

Freestone was born in King's Lynn and went to King Edward VII Academy in the town.

He made his debut in professional football with Peterborough United at the age of 17, going on to appear eight times for the Posh, while having spells on loan at the likes of Bedford Town and St Albans City.

Following his release from London Road he signed a one-year deal with Brighton & Hove Albion U23s before switching on a free transfer to Cheltenham.

His time with the Robins saw him lift the League Two title in 2021 and make over 100 league appearances, scoring once in an away game at Portsmouth in November 2021.

He still had one year left on his current deal at Whaddon Road.

Manager Alex Revell said: "Lewis has all the attributes we are looking for in a Stevenage player.

"He is capable of playing in various roles, he is athletic and aggressive and can handle the ball.

"We tracked him all last season before making a bid and I’m delighted we’ve secured his signature."

Dan Kemp and Louis Appere were the first two signings made by Revell this summer, both coming in on free transfers.