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SWINDON TOWN: One in, one out at Swindon - Power
DIRECTOR of football operations Lee Power has revealed that Swindon Town are operating a “one in, one out” policy at the County Ground at present, as the club attempt to stick within the Football League’s financial fair play arrangements.
Under the terms of the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), League One clubs may only spend 60 per cent or less of their annual turnover on player wages. Swindon are believed to currently be footing a total wage bill of a little over £3million per annum, while the Robins’ turnover is estimated to be between £5million and £5.5million.
As a result, Power currently has to undertake in a difficult balancing act as he looks to recruit new players before the transfer window closes on September 2.
A number of Town’s higher earners – including Paul Caddis and Paul Benson – remain on the books at the County Ground, with Power and chairman Jed McCrory actively seeking to move them on in order to finance further arrivals.
Power told the Advertiser: “We are at the limit. Obviously we’ve still got a number of big earners at the football club, which we are looking at.
“One or two need to move on to further their own careers and also help us. Once they get moves it’s a little bit one in, one out at the minute.
“We’ve got targets that we’re looking at and working with Mark (Cooper, Swindon manager) on and we’re also trying to do deals to shift a few on.”
Meanwhile, it is understood that Yeovil have made a tentative enquiry regarding the availability of striker Andy Williams. Sources in Somerset have suggested that no contact has been made between the two clubs, however.
Finally, Luton Town feel a loan move for Swindon Town striker Paul Benson is close to completion.
The Advertiser revealed last week that the Hatters had lined up an approach for Benson and, with negotiations ongoing, Luton managing director Gary Sweet feels he almost has the deal done.
He told the Luton News: “We are in discussions with Paul Benson and I think that will be completed imminently.”
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