Oakley aiming to find quick return to the pros

Aaron Oakley

Aaron Oakley

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

FORMER Swindon youngster Aaron Oakley has set his sights on a quick return to the Football League following his release by the Robins at the end of last season.

The towering centre-half was touted as a star of the future by many, having progressed quickly through the Welsh age group teams to take his place in his country’s under 21 squad aged only 18, but failed to make an appearance for the Country Ground club during either of his two years as a professional.

His lack of action was largely down to a troublesome foot injury which eventually required surgery, resulting in Oakley being loaned out to Southern Premier side Chippenham to get vital minutes in his legs as he searched for match fitness.

However, it wasn’t enough to earn a new deal at the County Ground and, while the modest defender is disappointed to have been let go by the club he has been involved in with for over a decade, he is keen to remain in the professional game.

“It was a brief conversation but Swindon told me they weren’t renewing my contract, it was all on good terms and it was all done face to face,” Oakley told the Advertiser.

“I knew there were loads of players out of contract so they wouldn’t keep everyone and, given the year I’d had with injury and the fact I didn’t make my debut, I half expected it really.

“That didn’t make it any easier and it doesn’t hit you until you really think about it and you realise you’re not going to be there any more.

“I’ve known that place since I was eight or nine years old and people like Nutty (Jeremy Newton, academy manager) and Paul Bodin (former youth team manager) were there when I was young and it’s hard to think they won’t be part of my career from now on.

“It’s quite quiet at the moment because everyone has shut up shop for a while, although there are a few rumours going around, but I might have to wait for a week or two before things pick up again.

“I really enjoyed my time at Chippenham but my aim is to get sorted with another Football League club, definitely. Chippenham were good to me and they helped me get my sharpness back but after being at Swindon all these years I’d like to think I could try and move on to another League club and show them what I’ve got.

“I just want to prove I am worth something.”

The Wootton Bassett-bred defender’s release was particularly frustrating given his injured foot made it impossible for him to show his full potential under Paolo Di Canio, Kevin MacDonald or Mark Cooper.

“It was really frustrating to be out injured so long and it started when Di Canio was here,” he said.

“It never got fixed because I spent time in a boot and I thought it was healed, but a scan showed it wasn’t and I had an operation so spent the best part of a year injured.

“My first year as a pro wasn’t one I look back on too fondly and I guess I was never able to show my full potential. I was desperate to show what I had but I never reached that so I’m really disappointed.

“The injury disrupted and slowed down my progress which was a shame but I have to move on from it.”

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6:37am Wed 28 May 14

Rgbargee says...

Could try Bristol Rovers....silly me I forgot they are out of the league.

Try looking at their last board meeting on this link. Very funny viewing.

http://t.co/Ohi32AK5
Et

On a serious note I wish you all the best Aaron.
Could try Bristol Rovers....silly me I forgot they are out of the league. Try looking at their last board meeting on this link. Very funny viewing. http://t.co/Ohi32AK5 Et On a serious note I wish you all the best Aaron. Rgbargee
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7:40am Wed 28 May 14

stfcdod says...

Rgbargee wrote:
Could try Bristol Rovers....silly me I forgot they are out of the league.

Try looking at their last board meeting on this link. Very funny viewing.

http://t.co/Ohi32AK5

Et

On a serious note I wish you all the best Aaron.
Brilliant video.
[quote][p][bold]Rgbargee[/bold] wrote: Could try Bristol Rovers....silly me I forgot they are out of the league. Try looking at their last board meeting on this link. Very funny viewing. http://t.co/Ohi32AK5 Et On a serious note I wish you all the best Aaron.[/p][/quote]Brilliant video. stfcdod
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11:25am Wed 28 May 14

London Red says...

Shows times are tough that he couldn't be offered a one year deal to see if he could cut it when injury free
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Still best of luck to him - but wouldn't rule out the conference as if he found a decent team down there he could shoot up the leagues as we have seen in the past
Shows times are tough that he couldn't be offered a one year deal to see if he could cut it when injury free . Still best of luck to him - but wouldn't rule out the conference as if he found a decent team down there he could shoot up the leagues as we have seen in the past London Red
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12:07pm Wed 28 May 14

Next Tuesday says...

Good luck to the lad. Obviously I never saw him play, but from his comments in the media he seemed genuinely proud to be playing for Swindon.

Hope he finds a pro club soon.
Good luck to the lad. Obviously I never saw him play, but from his comments in the media he seemed genuinely proud to be playing for Swindon. Hope he finds a pro club soon. Next Tuesday
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12:29pm Wed 28 May 14

As far as I go says...

Failures like Alan Oakley make me wonder if running an academy is really worth it. With such a small budget and the money we waste yearly on producing players for Swindon Supermarine, surely the money would be better spent on the improving the first team.

Hopefully I'll be eating my words if we sell on the Thompson brothers for a sum in the next year or two.
Failures like Alan Oakley make me wonder if running an academy is really worth it. With such a small budget and the money we waste yearly on producing players for Swindon Supermarine, surely the money would be better spent on the improving the first team. Hopefully I'll be eating my words if we sell on the Thompson brothers for a sum in the next year or two. As far as I go
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1:35pm Wed 28 May 14

Archive Robin says...

Just for Fun

Talking of signing players I have been beavering away and I think I have come up with the perfect Town team for next season and we can afford them all so the team lines up like this.............Gin
es Guzman Rosique (GK), Aristote Nsiala (RB), Miguel Llera (CB), Hugo Fernandez Molina (CB), Birger Meling (LB), Dylan Stringer-Moth (LM), Eurico Sebastiao (RM), Obasiarinse Uade (CM), Chigozie Eze Ugwu (CF), Deniz Pero (CF) & Cristian Lopez Santamaria (CF) – heck of a line up eh! – don’t know whether there are any good but they have really cool names and they’ll make a fortune for the club in named replica shirts!
Just for Fun Talking of signing players I have been beavering away and I think I have come up with the perfect Town team for next season and we can afford them all so the team lines up like this.............Gin es Guzman Rosique (GK), Aristote Nsiala (RB), Miguel Llera (CB), Hugo Fernandez Molina (CB), Birger Meling (LB), Dylan Stringer-Moth (LM), Eurico Sebastiao (RM), Obasiarinse Uade (CM), Chigozie Eze Ugwu (CF), Deniz Pero (CF) & Cristian Lopez Santamaria (CF) – heck of a line up eh! – don’t know whether there are any good but they have really cool names and they’ll make a fortune for the club in named replica shirts! Archive Robin
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2:06pm Wed 28 May 14

Oi Den! says...

Next Tuesday wrote:
Good luck to the lad. Obviously I never saw him play, but from his comments in the media he seemed genuinely proud to be playing for Swindon.

Hope he finds a pro club soon.
Not sure what at least 3 people found to dislike in that post. 100% agree with what you say.
[quote][p][bold]Next Tuesday[/bold] wrote: Good luck to the lad. Obviously I never saw him play, but from his comments in the media he seemed genuinely proud to be playing for Swindon. Hope he finds a pro club soon.[/p][/quote]Not sure what at least 3 people found to dislike in that post. 100% agree with what you say. Oi Den!
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2:21pm Wed 28 May 14

stfcflag says...

As far as I go wrote:
Failures like Alan Oakley make me wonder if running an academy is really worth it. With such a small budget and the money we waste yearly on producing players for Swindon Supermarine, surely the money would be better spent on the improving the first team.

Hopefully I'll be eating my words if we sell on the Thompson brothers for a sum in the next year or two.
Are you a fan???? Have you watched Swindon before?

We've had stacks of players in the past who have come from our youth set up.

Nathan Thompson is sheer class, there's no way we could pick up half as good on a free. Caddis cost us a wedge and Nathan stepped into his boots and filled them which is no small task. As for selling the Thompsons please don't even suggest it. We pay good money to watch the town and I want to watch exciting, talented and ideally local players turning out for Swindon not selling them on. Their reimbursement to the club is affording us betetr players without spending money on fees and bringing supporters through the gates, don't sell them !
[quote][p][bold]As far as I go[/bold] wrote: Failures like Alan Oakley make me wonder if running an academy is really worth it. With such a small budget and the money we waste yearly on producing players for Swindon Supermarine, surely the money would be better spent on the improving the first team. Hopefully I'll be eating my words if we sell on the Thompson brothers for a sum in the next year or two.[/p][/quote]Are you a fan???? Have you watched Swindon before? We've had stacks of players in the past who have come from our youth set up. Nathan Thompson is sheer class, there's no way we could pick up half as good on a free. Caddis cost us a wedge and Nathan stepped into his boots and filled them which is no small task. As for selling the Thompsons please don't even suggest it. We pay good money to watch the town and I want to watch exciting, talented and ideally local players turning out for Swindon not selling them on. Their reimbursement to the club is affording us betetr players without spending money on fees and bringing supporters through the gates, don't sell them ! stfcflag
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2:50pm Wed 28 May 14

Swindonian63 says...

As far as I go wrote:
Failures like Alan Oakley make me wonder if running an academy is really worth it. With such a small budget and the money we waste yearly on producing players for Swindon Supermarine, surely the money would be better spent on the improving the first team.

Hopefully I'll be eating my words if we sell on the Thompson brothers for a sum in the next year or two.
He's 19, a bit early to come out with that harsh judgement. I really hope he makes it, not least to show idiots like you how wrong you can be.

Jog on.
[quote][p][bold]As far as I go[/bold] wrote: Failures like Alan Oakley make me wonder if running an academy is really worth it. With such a small budget and the money we waste yearly on producing players for Swindon Supermarine, surely the money would be better spent on the improving the first team. Hopefully I'll be eating my words if we sell on the Thompson brothers for a sum in the next year or two.[/p][/quote]He's 19, a bit early to come out with that harsh judgement. I really hope he makes it, not least to show idiots like you how wrong you can be. Jog on. Swindonian63
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4:09pm Wed 28 May 14

SALTASHRED says...

As far as I go wrote:
Failures like Alan Oakley make me wonder if running an academy is really worth it. With such a small budget and the money we waste yearly on producing players for Swindon Supermarine, surely the money would be better spent on the improving the first team.

Hopefully I'll be eating my words if we sell on the Thompson brothers for a sum in the next year or two.
Why was he a failure the lad was not giving a chance because of his injury, Swindon should have giving him at least a one year contract to see what he could have done now he is fully fit its not like we have a lot of two footed center backs is it. Good look for the future Aaron.
[quote][p][bold]As far as I go[/bold] wrote: Failures like Alan Oakley make me wonder if running an academy is really worth it. With such a small budget and the money we waste yearly on producing players for Swindon Supermarine, surely the money would be better spent on the improving the first team. Hopefully I'll be eating my words if we sell on the Thompson brothers for a sum in the next year or two.[/p][/quote]Why was he a failure the lad was not giving a chance because of his injury, Swindon should have giving him at least a one year contract to see what he could have done now he is fully fit its not like we have a lot of two footed center backs is it. Good look for the future Aaron. SALTASHRED
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4:22pm Wed 28 May 14

you gots ta be kidding me says...

Archive Robin wrote:
Just for Fun Talking of signing players I have been beavering away and I think I have come up with the perfect Town team for next season and we can afford them all so the team lines up like this.............Gin es Guzman Rosique (GK), Aristote Nsiala (RB), Miguel Llera (CB), Hugo Fernandez Molina (CB), Birger Meling (LB), Dylan Stringer-Moth (LM), Eurico Sebastiao (RM), Obasiarinse Uade (CM), Chigozie Eze Ugwu (CF), Deniz Pero (CF) & Cristian Lopez Santamaria (CF) – heck of a line up eh! – don’t know whether there are any good but they have really cool names and they’ll make a fortune for the club in named replica shirts!
We like Uh...... don't have any money !!
[quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Just for Fun Talking of signing players I have been beavering away and I think I have come up with the perfect Town team for next season and we can afford them all so the team lines up like this.............Gin es Guzman Rosique (GK), Aristote Nsiala (RB), Miguel Llera (CB), Hugo Fernandez Molina (CB), Birger Meling (LB), Dylan Stringer-Moth (LM), Eurico Sebastiao (RM), Obasiarinse Uade (CM), Chigozie Eze Ugwu (CF), Deniz Pero (CF) & Cristian Lopez Santamaria (CF) – heck of a line up eh! – don’t know whether there are any good but they have really cool names and they’ll make a fortune for the club in named replica shirts![/p][/quote]We like Uh...... don't have any money !! you gots ta be kidding me
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12:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Swindon1984 says...

Archive Robin wrote:
Just for Fun Talking of signing players I have been beavering away and I think I have come up with the perfect Town team for next season and we can afford them all so the team lines up like this.............Gin es Guzman Rosique (GK), Aristote Nsiala (RB), Miguel Llera (CB), Hugo Fernandez Molina (CB), Birger Meling (LB), Dylan Stringer-Moth (LM), Eurico Sebastiao (RM), Obasiarinse Uade (CM), Chigozie Eze Ugwu (CF), Deniz Pero (CF) & Cristian Lopez Santamaria (CF) – heck of a line up eh! – don’t know whether there are any good but they have really cool names and they’ll make a fortune for the club in named replica shirts!
All youth players yeah?
[quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Just for Fun Talking of signing players I have been beavering away and I think I have come up with the perfect Town team for next season and we can afford them all so the team lines up like this.............Gin es Guzman Rosique (GK), Aristote Nsiala (RB), Miguel Llera (CB), Hugo Fernandez Molina (CB), Birger Meling (LB), Dylan Stringer-Moth (LM), Eurico Sebastiao (RM), Obasiarinse Uade (CM), Chigozie Eze Ugwu (CF), Deniz Pero (CF) & Cristian Lopez Santamaria (CF) – heck of a line up eh! – don’t know whether there are any good but they have really cool names and they’ll make a fortune for the club in named replica shirts![/p][/quote]All youth players yeah? Swindon1984
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