SWINDON TOWN: Oakley could be loaned out to aid journey to fitness

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SWINDON Town will look into the possibility of loaning Aaron Oakley out in the new year as the defender steps up his comeback from injury.

Oakley’s recovery from a broken foot is almost complete, but the Wales Under 21 international is still to play a minute of competitive action for Town despite having signed his first professional deal with the club over the summer.

Robins manager Mark Cooper wants to involved the towering centre-back in as many development matches as possible prior to the opening of the transfer window in January, and then he will consider sending Oakley elsewhere to gain valuable first-team experience.

“I’ve not seen a lot of him because when I came he was injured, he was injured in pre-season,” Cooper told the Advertiser.

“He’s certainly got all the attributes - he’s a big lad, he can handle the football and he’ll need a few games in the development squad to get himself up to match fitness.

“We’ll have the decision whether or not what we send him out on loan to get games.”

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6:02am Thu 12 Dec 13

california andy says...

This has been a long saga and I worried that the foot wasn't going to heal properly, so this is excellent news. If Oakley develops and Troy develops, our centre back problems may yet be resolved. Good luck to the lad.
This has been a long saga and I worried that the foot wasn't going to heal properly, so this is excellent news. If Oakley develops and Troy develops, our centre back problems may yet be resolved. Good luck to the lad. california andy

7:10am Thu 12 Dec 13

jayden says...

Play him now ,one foot is better than none LOL.
Play him now ,one foot is better than none LOL. jayden

8:50am Thu 12 Dec 13

old town robin says...

It was a cruel blow to get such a bad injury just after getting his first contract. Right decision from Coops sending him out on loan, it will not only get him match fit, but also provide some experience playing at a higher level than he was last season. Would be interesting to see how he compares with Branco who for some reason or other has seen his chances limited to one JPT game against Torquay where he started nervously but had a great second half.

As Andy said, if we get Aaron and Troy back it would be like two new signings to challenge Wardy who is surely going to retire this season and concentrate on coaching and Hall who is only here as a stop gap to gain experience.
It was a cruel blow to get such a bad injury just after getting his first contract. Right decision from Coops sending him out on loan, it will not only get him match fit, but also provide some experience playing at a higher level than he was last season. Would be interesting to see how he compares with Branco who for some reason or other has seen his chances limited to one JPT game against Torquay where he started nervously but had a great second half. As Andy said, if we get Aaron and Troy back it would be like two new signings to challenge Wardy who is surely going to retire this season and concentrate on coaching and Hall who is only here as a stop gap to gain experience. old town robin

9:11am Thu 12 Dec 13

London Red says...

Flint who can actually pass is how he was described
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Was the highest rated out of that age group - which included Louis Thompson (thus caps at higher age groups for Wales)- so he could really be a major asset for us going forward
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Agree lets get him some experience in Conference or L2 and hopefully could be in contention for us next season
Flint who can actually pass is how he was described . Was the highest rated out of that age group - which included Louis Thompson (thus caps at higher age groups for Wales)- so he could really be a major asset for us going forward . Agree lets get him some experience in Conference or L2 and hopefully could be in contention for us next season London Red

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