Boss Buckle unsure if Lines will stay at Bristol Rovers

Chris Lines
Lines has made 189 appearances for Rovers, scoring 23 goals

Bristol Rovers manager Paul Buckle has revealed midfielder Chris Lines could be on his way out of the club.

The 25-year-old, who has spent his whole career at the Memorial Stadium, still has two-and-a-half years left to run on his current contract.

"At the moment, we've got one or two players who might go," Buckle told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I think Lines can definitely play above this level and there's a chance he might move on."

He added: "If he stays it won't be a problem, he's a class act. Same with Jo Kuffour, they've both trained very well."

Buckle has brought in 14 new players since his arrival from Torquay United in May, and believes change is needed at Rovers after last season's relegation from League One.

"It's quite unique in many ways - doing this overhaul - but it's something that needed to be done," he said.

"I've done this before. When I first got the job at Torquay there were only four players there, so I have experience of doing this.

"The club suffered last year. It's a fresh start and I'm trying to bring the right players to the club now.

"There's a lot of team bonding to do. I've got to try to gel the team very quickly because we've got lots of changes.

"It's not only players, it's staff as well but it's exciting and it's a great challenge."

He added: "I've not come to Bristol Rovers to be unsuccessful. I've got used to winning games at Torquay. That's all I've known.

"I'm going to do everything I can to bring that winning mentality here."