Stephens signing is not a quick fix for boss Cooper

Jack Stephens impressed on his debut at Bristol City

Jack Stephens impressed on his debut at Bristol City

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SWINDON Town’s decision to draft in Jack Stephens on loan was not a short-term plan, with manager Mark Cooper hinting a longer loan stay could be on the cards for the defender next season.

Having claimed in an interview last week that he would only be interested in running the rule over players who would feature in his plans for 2014/15 during the run-in to the current campaign, Cooper surprised many by drafting in the 20-year-old from Southampton on Thursday.

However, Stephens, who signed a four-year contract at St Mary’s in 2013, is not a stop-gap solution to an ailing defence, according to the Town boss, who intimated the towering centre-back may return next term if his current stint with the Robins goes well.

Stephens produced an impressive debut performance on Saturday as Swindon drew 0-0 at Bristol City. After the game, Cooper told the Advertiser that he was not after a quick fix with the signing.

“I went to watch him on Monday night and he did very well against Manchester City Under 21s. I felt if we brought him in he might add something to the defence, which he did, and it gives us a chance to look at him with a view to next year,” he said.

“Nothing we do now will be short-term. Whatever we do now will be looking at the long-term future of the club.”

When asked whether that meant further arrivals could be expected over the remaining weeks of the season, Cooper said: “If we get the opportunity to look at someone that we think could help us next year we’ll look at him.”

With regards to possible exits from the club between now and the end of the campaign, Cooper said: “Not at the moment. If people who are not playing want to go and get games that will be up to them.

“We’ve certainly not sorted anything out.”

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7:08am Mon 17 Mar 14

california andy says...

Very interesting. By all accounts, this lad did well on his debut. He has the physical attributes, and if his first game was not a flash in the pan, he would be a great signing on a season long loan. Do hope we have seen the last of Ward as a player - a season too long, methinks. Time to switch to coaching.
Very interesting. By all accounts, this lad did well on his debut. He has the physical attributes, and if his first game was not a flash in the pan, he would be a great signing on a season long loan. Do hope we have seen the last of Ward as a player - a season too long, methinks. Time to switch to coaching. california andy
  • Score: 29

7:59am Mon 17 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Without Stephens and Troy on Saturday we would have lost, they were both immense and having a bit more pace and strength at the back was a luxury that we haven't had in a while. If those two were our central partnership I have no doubt we could start getting a few clean sheets. Wardy just hasn't been good enough of late and looks like he is running in quicksand, which is a shame cause he is a top bloke and ultimate professional.

I am quick enough to criticise the team but Saturday was a good hard earned point.
Without Stephens and Troy on Saturday we would have lost, they were both immense and having a bit more pace and strength at the back was a luxury that we haven't had in a while. If those two were our central partnership I have no doubt we could start getting a few clean sheets. Wardy just hasn't been good enough of late and looks like he is running in quicksand, which is a shame cause he is a top bloke and ultimate professional. I am quick enough to criticise the team but Saturday was a good hard earned point. Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 39

8:58am Mon 17 Mar 14

Robinonfire says...

Coopers at last gone to specsavers.......why did Cooper play Ward for so long.
Coopers at last gone to specsavers.......why did Cooper play Ward for so long. Robinonfire
  • Score: -18

9:08am Mon 17 Mar 14

LeGod says...

Troy and Stephens played exceptionally well on saturday in a tough game especially when we down to 10 men in fact the whole of the back four were immense.
By all accounts Stephens is very highly thought of at Saints and if we did get him for next season on loan it would be a good signing and i hope we can keep Troy as part of the partnership as well has he is what we have been missing all season.
You have to be strong defensivley to get anywhere last season we were this season we have been shocking but maybe the future could be brighter if we can keep the back door alot tighter as its been frustrating watching us gift goals all season.
As much as i respect Ward as a player and a bloke im afraid he does need to hang his boots up unless he wants to drop a division as he is the target for all team with pace up front due to his lack of pace.
What i dont understand though is why we have taken this long to get a decent defender in as we have been crying out for it all season.
But maybe the penny has dropped at last and maybe it can be brighter next season for us.
Troy and Stephens played exceptionally well on saturday in a tough game especially when we down to 10 men in fact the whole of the back four were immense. By all accounts Stephens is very highly thought of at Saints and if we did get him for next season on loan it would be a good signing and i hope we can keep Troy as part of the partnership as well has he is what we have been missing all season. You have to be strong defensivley to get anywhere last season we were this season we have been shocking but maybe the future could be brighter if we can keep the back door alot tighter as its been frustrating watching us gift goals all season. As much as i respect Ward as a player and a bloke im afraid he does need to hang his boots up unless he wants to drop a division as he is the target for all team with pace up front due to his lack of pace. What i dont understand though is why we have taken this long to get a decent defender in as we have been crying out for it all season. But maybe the penny has dropped at last and maybe it can be brighter next season for us. LeGod
  • Score: 12

10:01am Mon 17 Mar 14

London Red says...

Surely it is down to finances and availability
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Murphy has gone back and that would have freed up some wages
.
Now yes you could say why then get Murphy in instead of Stephens - that could be the availability part - maybe Saints were not prepared to let him go earlier?
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But are now happy to give him a "trial" in prep of a season long loan
.
Also maybe Murphy was on trial ahead of a possible season long loan?
.
As I said before - I think a lot of work has and is going on behind the scenes for next season - as that was always going to be the one where the new "model" could be judged
.
I still think we will see Wes, N.Thompson, Troy, Byrne, L.Thompson, Luongo, Ranger in the team nest season
.
That IMO is a great core to build upon - certainly not one I think relegation!
.
Who knows who else will come in and add to that?
.
With the links being built we could easily see more of the likes of Pritchard arriving which can only be a good thing!
Surely it is down to finances and availability . Murphy has gone back and that would have freed up some wages . Now yes you could say why then get Murphy in instead of Stephens - that could be the availability part - maybe Saints were not prepared to let him go earlier? . But are now happy to give him a "trial" in prep of a season long loan . Also maybe Murphy was on trial ahead of a possible season long loan? . As I said before - I think a lot of work has and is going on behind the scenes for next season - as that was always going to be the one where the new "model" could be judged . I still think we will see Wes, N.Thompson, Troy, Byrne, L.Thompson, Luongo, Ranger in the team nest season . That IMO is a great core to build upon - certainly not one I think relegation! . Who knows who else will come in and add to that? . With the links being built we could easily see more of the likes of Pritchard arriving which can only be a good thing! London Red
  • Score: 10

10:15am Mon 17 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

I thought Stephens played like a much stronger, more composed version of Hall and looekd the real deal, almost like a young Gary Cahill. Still confused about his future as on one hand Cooper says he is likely to be here next season whereas Saints say its short-term only.

Power said before we were forging links with another Prem team well if that is Southampton the future should be pretty rosy their youth academy has been a massive success for a number of years.

Stephens and Tory were excellent on Saturday but I think the criticism of Ward is quite unkind, yes he is possibly in his final season as a pro and clearly not as sprightly as he was but he is a model professional, took a pay cut to stay on and has played 55 games as captain with an excellent disciplinary record too. May well stay on as a coach?

Look at each of the Town players only Luongo comes close to matching those stats and he needed a rest recently too.
I thought Stephens played like a much stronger, more composed version of Hall and looekd the real deal, almost like a young Gary Cahill. Still confused about his future as on one hand Cooper says he is likely to be here next season whereas Saints say its short-term only. Power said before we were forging links with another Prem team well if that is Southampton the future should be pretty rosy their youth academy has been a massive success for a number of years. Stephens and Tory were excellent on Saturday but I think the criticism of Ward is quite unkind, yes he is possibly in his final season as a pro and clearly not as sprightly as he was but he is a model professional, took a pay cut to stay on and has played 55 games as captain with an excellent disciplinary record too. May well stay on as a coach? Look at each of the Town players only Luongo comes close to matching those stats and he needed a rest recently too. Wilesy
  • Score: 24

10:23am Mon 17 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

London Red wrote:
Surely it is down to finances and availability
.
Murphy has gone back and that would have freed up some wages
.
Now yes you could say why then get Murphy in instead of Stephens - that could be the availability part - maybe Saints were not prepared to let him go earlier?
.
But are now happy to give him a "trial" in prep of a season long loan
.
Also maybe Murphy was on trial ahead of a possible season long loan?
.
As I said before - I think a lot of work has and is going on behind the scenes for next season - as that was always going to be the one where the new "model" could be judged
.
I still think we will see Wes, N.Thompson, Troy, Byrne, L.Thompson, Luongo, Ranger in the team nest season
.
That IMO is a great core to build upon - certainly not one I think relegation!
.
Who knows who else will come in and add to that?
.
With the links being built we could easily see more of the likes of Pritchard arriving which can only be a good thing!
Branco was having his dream start January time and Cooper had said we didn't need a CB at this point with Troy returning to fitness. But he's gone off the boil and Troy plays 1 in 2, so good move to get Stephens in with Ward now feeling the pace of the season. Wonder if Oakley fits into the plans or not.

I like the way the local boys the Thompsons are now the heartbeat of the side and hope they stay for years to come, Both made have improved massively since getting into the side.

If a lot of work has gone into next season I'm surprised more hints haven't been dropped but agree there is plenty to look forward to. Power's strength is his contact book so now he has his feet under the table and the success and development of Pritchard to demonstrate to Premiership clubs there may well be more top youngsters to follow.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Surely it is down to finances and availability . Murphy has gone back and that would have freed up some wages . Now yes you could say why then get Murphy in instead of Stephens - that could be the availability part - maybe Saints were not prepared to let him go earlier? . But are now happy to give him a "trial" in prep of a season long loan . Also maybe Murphy was on trial ahead of a possible season long loan? . As I said before - I think a lot of work has and is going on behind the scenes for next season - as that was always going to be the one where the new "model" could be judged . I still think we will see Wes, N.Thompson, Troy, Byrne, L.Thompson, Luongo, Ranger in the team nest season . That IMO is a great core to build upon - certainly not one I think relegation! . Who knows who else will come in and add to that? . With the links being built we could easily see more of the likes of Pritchard arriving which can only be a good thing![/p][/quote]Branco was having his dream start January time and Cooper had said we didn't need a CB at this point with Troy returning to fitness. But he's gone off the boil and Troy plays 1 in 2, so good move to get Stephens in with Ward now feeling the pace of the season. Wonder if Oakley fits into the plans or not. I like the way the local boys the Thompsons are now the heartbeat of the side and hope they stay for years to come, Both made have improved massively since getting into the side. If a lot of work has gone into next season I'm surprised more hints haven't been dropped but agree there is plenty to look forward to. Power's strength is his contact book so now he has his feet under the table and the success and development of Pritchard to demonstrate to Premiership clubs there may well be more top youngsters to follow. Wilesy
  • Score: 13

11:19am Mon 17 Mar 14

LeGod says...

Stephens is contracted to Saints until 2017 and they paid Plymouth 150k for him i think and i m sure he is in the their future plans. I think Swindon have taken alot of credit for the way we have styled our football particulalry in the earlier part of the season and i think alot of premier league sides are aware of how we play and i think it could open the door for more quality potential young premier league players coming to us as most teams want to play football the right way on the floor which is how we play and for the likes of players like Stephens it all adds to his expereince and playing football the right for when he gets the call up for Saints first team when they think he is right. Pritchard has had alot of championship clubs looking at him plus he was shortlisted for awards this week and that has all come from playing for us and our style which wouldnt have happenned if he had gone to the wrong club playing the wrong style of football.
Town have to be congratulated for these achievements and i know we have all been moaning lately but as Dave Hockaday said last week after the wolves games this is a project and the start of it and im sure power and cooper have learnt alot from this season why only disappointment is i wish they had got someone like Stepehens in earlier in the season as we have been crying out for someone like him partnering Troy.
Stephens is contracted to Saints until 2017 and they paid Plymouth 150k for him i think and i m sure he is in the their future plans. I think Swindon have taken alot of credit for the way we have styled our football particulalry in the earlier part of the season and i think alot of premier league sides are aware of how we play and i think it could open the door for more quality potential young premier league players coming to us as most teams want to play football the right way on the floor which is how we play and for the likes of players like Stephens it all adds to his expereince and playing football the right for when he gets the call up for Saints first team when they think he is right. Pritchard has had alot of championship clubs looking at him plus he was shortlisted for awards this week and that has all come from playing for us and our style which wouldnt have happenned if he had gone to the wrong club playing the wrong style of football. Town have to be congratulated for these achievements and i know we have all been moaning lately but as Dave Hockaday said last week after the wolves games this is a project and the start of it and im sure power and cooper have learnt alot from this season why only disappointment is i wish they had got someone like Stepehens in earlier in the season as we have been crying out for someone like him partnering Troy. LeGod
  • Score: 9

12:13pm Mon 17 Mar 14

CraigClark says...

Am I right in thinking we've a few players that certainly wont be part of next seasons plans out of contract very soon? The likes of Navarro, Williams for example. This should free up some valuable wages!
Am I right in thinking we've a few players that certainly wont be part of next seasons plans out of contract very soon? The likes of Navarro, Williams for example. This should free up some valuable wages! CraigClark
  • Score: 4

12:18pm Mon 17 Mar 14

London Red says...

Wilesy wrote:
London Red wrote: Surely it is down to finances and availability . Murphy has gone back and that would have freed up some wages . Now yes you could say why then get Murphy in instead of Stephens - that could be the availability part - maybe Saints were not prepared to let him go earlier? . But are now happy to give him a "trial" in prep of a season long loan . Also maybe Murphy was on trial ahead of a possible season long loan? . As I said before - I think a lot of work has and is going on behind the scenes for next season - as that was always going to be the one where the new "model" could be judged . I still think we will see Wes, N.Thompson, Troy, Byrne, L.Thompson, Luongo, Ranger in the team nest season . That IMO is a great core to build upon - certainly not one I think relegation! . Who knows who else will come in and add to that? . With the links being built we could easily see more of the likes of Pritchard arriving which can only be a good thing!
Branco was having his dream start January time and Cooper had said we didn't need a CB at this point with Troy returning to fitness. But he's gone off the boil and Troy plays 1 in 2, so good move to get Stephens in with Ward now feeling the pace of the season. Wonder if Oakley fits into the plans or not. I like the way the local boys the Thompsons are now the heartbeat of the side and hope they stay for years to come, Both made have improved massively since getting into the side. If a lot of work has gone into next season I'm surprised more hints haven't been dropped but agree there is plenty to look forward to. Power's strength is his contact book so now he has his feet under the table and the success and development of Pritchard to demonstrate to Premiership clubs there may well be more top youngsters to follow.
I'm not surprised they haven't been dropping hints - they don't want to be letting anything out which might disrupt the process
.
We have seen in the past moves fall through via leaks etc
.
I'm personally happy for him to do the busines away from the spotlight and be pleasently surprised when deals come out of the blue
.
Barker, M.Smith, Murphy and now Stephens all signed on the day or the following day the first sniff we were interested was released!
.
Thats good in my book and that professionalism will benefit the club going forward
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Surely it is down to finances and availability . Murphy has gone back and that would have freed up some wages . Now yes you could say why then get Murphy in instead of Stephens - that could be the availability part - maybe Saints were not prepared to let him go earlier? . But are now happy to give him a "trial" in prep of a season long loan . Also maybe Murphy was on trial ahead of a possible season long loan? . As I said before - I think a lot of work has and is going on behind the scenes for next season - as that was always going to be the one where the new "model" could be judged . I still think we will see Wes, N.Thompson, Troy, Byrne, L.Thompson, Luongo, Ranger in the team nest season . That IMO is a great core to build upon - certainly not one I think relegation! . Who knows who else will come in and add to that? . With the links being built we could easily see more of the likes of Pritchard arriving which can only be a good thing![/p][/quote]Branco was having his dream start January time and Cooper had said we didn't need a CB at this point with Troy returning to fitness. But he's gone off the boil and Troy plays 1 in 2, so good move to get Stephens in with Ward now feeling the pace of the season. Wonder if Oakley fits into the plans or not. I like the way the local boys the Thompsons are now the heartbeat of the side and hope they stay for years to come, Both made have improved massively since getting into the side. If a lot of work has gone into next season I'm surprised more hints haven't been dropped but agree there is plenty to look forward to. Power's strength is his contact book so now he has his feet under the table and the success and development of Pritchard to demonstrate to Premiership clubs there may well be more top youngsters to follow.[/p][/quote]I'm not surprised they haven't been dropping hints - they don't want to be letting anything out which might disrupt the process . We have seen in the past moves fall through via leaks etc . I'm personally happy for him to do the busines away from the spotlight and be pleasently surprised when deals come out of the blue . Barker, M.Smith, Murphy and now Stephens all signed on the day or the following day the first sniff we were interested was released! . Thats good in my book and that professionalism will benefit the club going forward London Red
  • Score: 6

12:31pm Mon 17 Mar 14

castle9 says...

Stephens was excellent on Saturday. He fitted straight in to the defence and within 5 minutes he was organising and talking to Troy. I noticed that he moved the ball on quickly once he received it, which is something that we have been slow to do at times.

Congratulations to Cooper for scouting him out and putting him straight into the team at the expense of our normal captain. Bold decision and the right one.
Stephens was excellent on Saturday. He fitted straight in to the defence and within 5 minutes he was organising and talking to Troy. I noticed that he moved the ball on quickly once he received it, which is something that we have been slow to do at times. Congratulations to Cooper for scouting him out and putting him straight into the team at the expense of our normal captain. Bold decision and the right one. castle9
  • Score: 13

12:44pm Mon 17 Mar 14

harley red says...

Good game at Bristol only down side was Pritchard being an idiot
Good game at Bristol only down side was Pritchard being an idiot harley red
  • Score: 5

3:54pm Mon 17 Mar 14

themoonraker says...

CraigClark wrote:
Am I right in thinking we've a few players that certainly wont be part of next seasons plans out of contract very soon? The likes of Navarro, Williams for example. This should free up some valuable wages!
..........I've got a nasty feeling that williams is contracted for all of next season.....if so, there will be no saving there unless he retires and there's an insurance settlement
[quote][p][bold]CraigClark[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking we've a few players that certainly wont be part of next seasons plans out of contract very soon? The likes of Navarro, Williams for example. This should free up some valuable wages![/p][/quote]..........I've got a nasty feeling that williams is contracted for all of next season.....if so, there will be no saving there unless he retires and there's an insurance settlement themoonraker
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Mon 17 Mar 14

melnursesear. says...

Ward has been a good Championship/League 1 player for many years and is coming to a natural end...however he has done us favours with pay cut etc...should be offered a go at Coaching badges...and slide away gracefully...nice and slow..
Ward has been a good Championship/League 1 player for many years and is coming to a natural end...however he has done us favours with pay cut etc...should be offered a go at Coaching badges...and slide away gracefully...nice and slow.. melnursesear.
  • Score: 7

7:39pm Mon 17 Mar 14

ellory says...

themoonraker wrote:
CraigClark wrote:
Am I right in thinking we've a few players that certainly wont be part of next seasons plans out of contract very soon? The likes of Navarro, Williams for example. This should free up some valuable wages!
..........I've got a nasty feeling that williams is contracted for all of next season.....if so, there will be no saving there unless he retires and there's an insurance settlement
I am sure Power has said recently that Williams is a high earner who is out of contract at the end of this season.
[quote][p][bold]themoonraker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CraigClark[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking we've a few players that certainly wont be part of next seasons plans out of contract very soon? The likes of Navarro, Williams for example. This should free up some valuable wages![/p][/quote]..........I've got a nasty feeling that williams is contracted for all of next season.....if so, there will be no saving there unless he retires and there's an insurance settlement[/p][/quote]I am sure Power has said recently that Williams is a high earner who is out of contract at the end of this season. ellory
  • Score: 3

7:43pm Mon 17 Mar 14

ellory says...

melnursesear. wrote:
Ward has been a good Championship/League 1 player for many years and is coming to a natural end...however he has done us favours with pay cut etc...should be offered a go at Coaching badges...and slide away gracefully...nice and slow..
Very true. He has come under harsh criticism recently (in some cases rightly so) but has always been a top pro, good bloke and a good servant to STFC. I am sure we would all support his transition into management etc. and wish him the best.
[quote][p][bold]melnursesear.[/bold] wrote: Ward has been a good Championship/League 1 player for many years and is coming to a natural end...however he has done us favours with pay cut etc...should be offered a go at Coaching badges...and slide away gracefully...nice and slow..[/p][/quote]Very true. He has come under harsh criticism recently (in some cases rightly so) but has always been a top pro, good bloke and [overall] a good servant to STFC. I am sure we would all support his transition into management etc. and wish him the best. ellory
  • Score: 3

10:03pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Di kanny oh says...

Great player by the sounds of the Saints fans and very highly rated so this was quite a signing. Lets really hope we can get him in next season that would be super and I just hope Troy is over his nightmare injuries. Yes agree with others about giving goals away but its not all about the defense as our midfield fail to pick players up when under the cosh also. Clean sheets are surely what we have to aim for next season then we have a better chance of winning games with our hundred passes to get one strike on goal. I'm all for nice football but surely the more strikes we have on goal then the more should go in and we win games simple ethics. Would like to see us get the ball forward quicker as many teams have us weighed up and pressure our defense into mistakes. We ain't no Barcelona and do commit the sin of over play too often. Come on Town one more win should see us safe and then Coops can experiment a little and get Miles in the team for a run for a few games. Would be incredible if we could get Nile signed up next season but it seems to have gone quiet over the projected talks the other week.
Great player by the sounds of the Saints fans and very highly rated so this was quite a signing. Lets really hope we can get him in next season that would be super and I just hope Troy is over his nightmare injuries. Yes agree with others about giving goals away but its not all about the defense as our midfield fail to pick players up when under the cosh also. Clean sheets are surely what we have to aim for next season then we have a better chance of winning games with our hundred passes to get one strike on goal. I'm all for nice football but surely the more strikes we have on goal then the more should go in and we win games simple ethics. Would like to see us get the ball forward quicker as many teams have us weighed up and pressure our defense into mistakes. We ain't no Barcelona and do commit the sin of over play too often. Come on Town one more win should see us safe and then Coops can experiment a little and get Miles in the team for a run for a few games. Would be incredible if we could get Nile signed up next season but it seems to have gone quiet over the projected talks the other week. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 2

10:41pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

melnursesear. wrote:
Ward has been a good Championship/League 1 player for many years and is coming to a natural end...however he has done us favours with pay cut etc...should be offered a go at Coaching badges...and slide away gracefully...nice and slow..
From my point of view the comments on this thread have echoed many that the so-called "happy clappers" have been saying all season but have been ridiculed for. The main reason being timing and funds. IMO we try to play like a premiership team with our approach work and we are patient looking for "The ball" that will set up a chance. I will admit we have at times overdone it, and still do, but we have built a firm base to work with and IMO we are getting there. We will have to rely on loans but who in our position doesn't. and I challenge those against to name a club without a loan player.

I watched a few youtube videos from the Hoddles ear last night and the wasn't surprised to see a huge difference. If there was one it was the frequency of the balls played into the box.

IMO the only thing missing is patience form the fans.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]melnursesear.[/bold] wrote: Ward has been a good Championship/League 1 player for many years and is coming to a natural end...however he has done us favours with pay cut etc...should be offered a go at Coaching badges...and slide away gracefully...nice and slow..[/p][/quote]From my point of view the comments on this thread have echoed many that the so-called "happy clappers" have been saying all season but have been ridiculed for. The main reason being timing and funds. IMO we try to play like a premiership team with our approach work and we are patient looking for "The ball" that will set up a chance. I will admit we have at times overdone it, and still do, but we have built a firm base to work with and IMO we are getting there. We will have to rely on loans but who in our position doesn't. and I challenge those against to name a club without a loan player. I watched a few youtube videos from the Hoddles ear last night and the wasn't surprised to see a huge difference. If there was one it was the frequency of the balls played into the box. IMO the only thing missing is patience form the fans. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 3

11:09pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

Feel I should add that, I believe, at the start of the season Darren was wanted by Brentford but chose Town when offered the chance of a future coaching role with reduced wages. He has taken stick but at the same time been a stalwart for the club. Before Saturday he has been ever present and his record of zero yellow cards should be admired. I have since the start of the season seen him as an investment for the future.

He has served Town well when money has been tight and he has given 100% in the games I have seen. He may not be the leader some crave for and he may not be as quick as the expensive Wolves strikers but I for one do not doubt his passion for the game. I think a few should look more long term and see that Darren may be a very good long term signing for STFC.

COYMR
Feel I should add that, I believe, at the start of the season Darren was wanted by Brentford but chose Town when offered the chance of a future coaching role with reduced wages. He has taken stick but at the same time been a stalwart for the club. Before Saturday he has been ever present and his record of zero yellow cards should be admired. I have since the start of the season seen him as an investment for the future. He has served Town well when money has been tight and he has given 100% in the games I have seen. He may not be the leader some crave for and he may not be as quick as the expensive Wolves strikers but I for one do not doubt his passion for the game. I think a few should look more long term and see that Darren may be a very good long term signing for STFC. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 5

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