Chris Lines committed to Bristol Rovers despite Palace interest

Chris Lines
Lines made his Rovers debut against Chester in January 2006

Midfielder Chris Lines insists he is fully committed to helping Bristol Rovers win promotion from League Two.

Lines spent a week training with Championship side Crystal Palace in the summer and manager Paul Buckle seemed resigned to losing the 25-year-old.

But Lines, who skippered the side in Tuesday's 2-1 friendly defeat against Reading, told BBC Radio Bristol: "I have two years left on my contract.

"I'm thoroughly happy and want to be part of what's happening at the club."

Lines said Buckle has played a huge part in raising spirits and belief at the club following their relegation from League One last season.

"The manager has been great since he has come in and I have nothing but positive stuff to say about him," Lines added.

"It's a really good place to be at the moment, I am thoroughly enjoying it.

"I came back not really knowing what was going on with me personally and with the club.

"But this is probably the most I have enjoyed my football in a good few seasons now and hopefully that will show in my form."

And despite the spell with the Eagles, Lines said his focus has not been affected.

"Nothing is going on with that at the moment. With football, anything can change but I am thoroughly happy here," Lines said

"There is a great buzz around the place - from the players to the fans the expectation level is there but we know we have to do it as players.

"There will be a lot of pressure on us to go into League Two and win it or get promoted.

"I'm a Bristol Rovers player, I am local lad, I love playing for the club and it's not been this positive at the club for a while.

"It's probably the best bunch of lads I have worked with. Everything is positive and we have to take that into the first game of the season."

Lines, who came through the youth ranks at the Memorial Stadium and made his debut in January 2006, was also honoured to be named skipper for the game against Reading.

Matt Gill and Byron Anthony are also in the frame but Lines would relish the opportunity.

"I'm very proud and I know it's only a friendly but if I'm doing it in friendlies there is no reason why I wouldn't want to do it when the campaign start - that would be awesome," he said.

Rovers begin their League Two campaign with an away game against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, 6 August.