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Spurs’ Jack Roles heading to Stevenage on loan

Say hi to Gary Rootbeer for us!

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion: Premier League 2 Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

More loans! Give me all the loans! Another academy product is heading back on loan — Tottenham announced that Jack Roles is heading out to League Two Stevenage until the end of the season.

Only he didn’t exactly do it in the fall. He spent the first half of the season in League One with Burton Albion, but played only 154 minutes in all competitions. Not great! So he’s dropping down a division to join Stevenage in League Two, a league that he did very well in last season with Cambridge United.

One thing I know about Stevenage: the legend of Gary Rootbeer (and those of you who have been around the site for years will get that reference)

OK, so this one takes a little explanation for those who haven’t been around for very long. Back in 2012, Tottenham played and defeated Stevenage in the FA Cup fifth round. During the match, CFC writer The Sleeper’s Sleep wrote in the writer’s room that he could’ve sworn he heard the announcer reference a player named “Gary Rootbeer.” We thought that was hilarious. Soon, Gary Rootbeer became the name for every Stevenage player (and its manager), then every non-league player we’ve never heard of. I’m still looking for a cheap Stevenage kit so I can put ROOTBEER on the back of it to complete my nerd-cred about a joke that literally 100 people in the world will get.

One thing I know about Jack Roles: he scores goals (and does a lot of other things on the side).

One thing I don’t know: whether he has a long-term future with Tottenham Hotspur. Whatever, he’s on loan now. Say hi to Gary for us, Jack.