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Smith could net new deal thanks to his fine form

Swindon Advertiser: Town's Alex Smith Town's Alex Smith

OUT-OF-CONTRACT Alex Smith has given Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper “something to think about” with a superb return to the Robins side after six months out through injury.

The versatile former Fulham man began the season in the Robins’ starting line-up but, after being forced off during the Capital One Cup victory at QPR in August, underwent knee surgery before embarking on the long road back to full fitness.

He came off the bench during the goalless draw at Bristol City, started the 1-0 home victory over Preston North End and scored a stunning opener as the Robins won 2-1 at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night, giving Cooper plenty to contemplate as he considers whether or not to extend Smith’s stay in Wiltshire.

The 22-year-old’s one-year deal expires this summer, and Cooper told the Advertiser: “With Alex, he started the season quite well so we do know he’s a good footballer.

“He can run, he’s energetic and he can score goals as well. He’s give us something to think about, definitely.

“I think there are one or two who have come to the fore.

“Maybe a month ago you were thinking ‘I’m not sure if we’re going to keep them’ but following their performances you think ‘they can probably help us next year’.”

Cooper is keen to run the rule over a number of ‘fringe’ players whose contracts expire on June 30 during the final seven games of the season but he conceded, with his team in form, it will be hard to drop anyone to accommodate such a scenario.

“We have to pick the right times and the right games,” he said.

“We’ve got Connor Waldon who has done particularly well and we have to make a decision on him shortly. We probably have to put him in the team to make sure we make the right one.”

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7:57am Sat 29 Mar 14

Rebel_phish says...

Off Topic.

While we wait for Sam to post a dedicated page, details of the Predictions League for the Sheffield game can be found on the Tranmere Predictions Thread

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Off Topic. While we wait for Sam to post a dedicated page, details of the Predictions League for the Sheffield game can be found on the Tranmere Predictions Thread http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/fix tures_and_results/ne ws_articles/11098483 .PREDICTIONS_LEAGUE_ _Tranmere_Rovers_v_S windon_Town Rebel Rebel_phish
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7:57am Sat 29 Mar 14

umpcah says...

The retained list will be interesting and will demonstrate how bright the Town`s chance of promotion is next year. Will Naughty Nile be retained ? Will Wardy still be around ? Presumably Navarro and Benson wont be ? How many seasontickets have now been sold ? Will there be decent catering ? I look forward to a few answers in due course !
The retained list will be interesting and will demonstrate how bright the Town`s chance of promotion is next year. Will Naughty Nile be retained ? Will Wardy still be around ? Presumably Navarro and Benson wont be ? How many seasontickets have now been sold ? Will there be decent catering ? I look forward to a few answers in due course ! umpcah
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8:05am Sat 29 Mar 14

old town robin says...

I haven't seen much of Alex because of the long time out with injury, but from what I have seen he has a lot to offer and I would be very surprised if he wasn't given a 2 year contract.extension. He has decent pace, good on the ball and he's versatile, a bit like Byrne.

Think barring injury Cooper will probably go with very much the same line up as we played against Preston. The bench should be quite strong with the return of Byrne to add options in defence or midfield. I would like to see Cooper be a little more adventurous with changing things with his substitutions when things aren't going right or the players are tiring. IMO it's one of his weaknesses that he very rarely seem to know at what period of a game to use them. One good area of improvement, It is noticeable in the last 3 games our discipline has got better and the only yellow on Tuesday for Reckford was for time wasting instead of back chatting the ref..

Tough game today and Cloughie has definitely added some steel to the blades, don't see much goals being scored, but McGuire is suspended, which should be good for us as he's one of the best centre backs in div 1 said to be worth 7 million when they sell him in the summer.
I haven't seen much of Alex because of the long time out with injury, but from what I have seen he has a lot to offer and I would be very surprised if he wasn't given a 2 year contract.extension. He has decent pace, good on the ball and he's versatile, a bit like Byrne. Think barring injury Cooper will probably go with very much the same line up as we played against Preston. The bench should be quite strong with the return of Byrne to add options in defence or midfield. I would like to see Cooper be a little more adventurous with changing things with his substitutions when things aren't going right or the players are tiring. IMO it's one of his weaknesses that he very rarely seem to know at what period of a game to use them. One good area of improvement, It is noticeable in the last 3 games our discipline has got better and the only yellow on Tuesday for Reckford was for time wasting instead of back chatting the ref.. Tough game today and Cloughie has definitely added some steel to the blades, don't see much goals being scored, but McGuire is suspended, which should be good for us as he's one of the best centre backs in div 1 said to be worth 7 million when they sell him in the summer. old town robin
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8:10am Sat 29 Mar 14

mandrossian says...

Win today and we are 1pt off playoffs. Testing the out of contract players is one thing but Cooper needs to make sure we have our best team out while promotion is still possible
Win today and we are 1pt off playoffs. Testing the out of contract players is one thing but Cooper needs to make sure we have our best team out while promotion is still possible mandrossian
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10:29am Sat 29 Mar 14

harrymorris says...

@ Things For God Sake sign Sam Jordan and make this our theme tune

The New Walk On

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@ Things For God Sake sign Sam Jordan and make this our theme tune The New Walk On http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=g5FhRZ7au nU harrymorris
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9:15pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Fernham Red says...

Amazing run of results and all with a young team - I've said for a long time we should judge Cooper next season once the team is well and truly his. Interesting to note that this recent turn around has all been achieved AFTER we unofficially wrote off the season & without the 'Spurs connection' - so many positives I can hardly list them all here - put simply our sustainable club model and recruitment/selectio
n policy as well as our tactical style is all happily coming together. Miles' return to the team and notching goals was right up there on my wish list and the Thompson's meteoric rise looks set to continue. My only concern now is that our current performances and age of the players will have scouts from up and down the leagues bolstering our attendence stats. When I say concern, it's all part of the plan of Identify, Play & Sell-on which will keep our heads above water financially in the years to come. I've never been happier as an STFC fan.

How many others teams have such a good young crop of youngsters:
Wes, the Thompsons, Kasim, Nile, Miles, Luongo, Byrne, the Smiths, Gladwin, Branco, Barthram, Belford have all done a job this season and Barker and Tijane should still come to the fore.

I hope we offer New contracts to Miles, Alex Smith, Branco, Barthram....and perhaps also to our youngsters Leigh, Aaron, Connor, Mark, Alex, Harry as well as Kayden...they'll eventually get their chance to shine on our treadmill of talent.

Nile's contract extension should be activated no matter what the circumstance and if a longer tern could be negotiated that would be a bonus. Troy would be good if he can be retained on a lower wage and the same goes for Dany.... I suspect Lee will now also be weighing up the benefits of exchanging a lower wage for the chance to play his part in our renaissance.

Having said all that a loan policy that has brought us Pritchard, Mason, Ajose and Stephens is nothing short of inspirational business and that will surely also continue.

Ryan Harley looks set to be the only old head next season, so I hope he can be an effective player as well as an effective minder for us. He's a bit of an oddity in an otherwise very very young squad.

As for permanent signings, we can dream of Pritchard and Stephens can't we?....but the reality will be we'll unearth more gems like Ben from non-league

I reckon Lee and Coops (and the team behind them) have done a quite frankly brilliant job this season bearing in mind where we were when Coops was appointed and the relative lack of inward investment into the team. I hope too that Darren can happily migrate into our coaching team next season as he still has a lot to offer.

STFC forever!

No matter where we finish come May, this will have been a successful season by any outside (& hopefully inside) observers opinion.
Amazing run of results and all with a young team - I've said for a long time we should judge Cooper next season once the team is well and truly his. Interesting to note that this recent turn around has all been achieved AFTER we unofficially wrote off the season & without the 'Spurs connection' - so many positives I can hardly list them all here - put simply our sustainable club model and recruitment/selectio n policy as well as our tactical style is all happily coming together. Miles' return to the team and notching goals was right up there on my wish list and the Thompson's meteoric rise looks set to continue. My only concern now is that our current performances and age of the players will have scouts from up and down the leagues bolstering our attendence stats. When I say concern, it's all part of the plan of Identify, Play & Sell-on which will keep our heads above water financially in the years to come. I've never been happier as an STFC fan. How many others teams have such a good young crop of youngsters: Wes, the Thompsons, Kasim, Nile, Miles, Luongo, Byrne, the Smiths, Gladwin, Branco, Barthram, Belford have all done a job this season and Barker and Tijane should still come to the fore. I hope we offer New contracts to Miles, Alex Smith, Branco, Barthram....and perhaps also to our youngsters Leigh, Aaron, Connor, Mark, Alex, Harry as well as Kayden...they'll eventually get their chance to shine on our treadmill of talent. Nile's contract extension should be activated no matter what the circumstance and if a longer tern could be negotiated that would be a bonus. Troy would be good if he can be retained on a lower wage and the same goes for Dany.... I suspect Lee will now also be weighing up the benefits of exchanging a lower wage for the chance to play his part in our renaissance. Having said all that a loan policy that has brought us Pritchard, Mason, Ajose and Stephens is nothing short of inspirational business and that will surely also continue. Ryan Harley looks set to be the only old head next season, so I hope he can be an effective player as well as an effective minder for us. He's a bit of an oddity in an otherwise very very young squad. As for permanent signings, we can dream of Pritchard and Stephens can't we?....but the reality will be we'll unearth more gems like Ben from non-league I reckon Lee and Coops (and the team behind them) have done a quite frankly brilliant job this season bearing in mind where we were when Coops was appointed and the relative lack of inward investment into the team. I hope too that Darren can happily migrate into our coaching team next season as he still has a lot to offer. STFC forever! No matter where we finish come May, this will have been a successful season by any outside (& hopefully inside) observers opinion. Fernham Red
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