Lelan loan is extendable, says Cooper

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

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SWINDON Town have every intention of extending Josh Lelan’s loan at the County Ground, provided he impresses during his initial one-month stay.

The Derby County centre-back joined up with the Robins earlier this week and was officially unveiled as a Town player on Wednesday after penning a deal which will tie him to the Wiltshire side until Saturday, August 23.

As the terms of the switch are termed as a youth loan, Swindon retain the right to extend Lelan’s time in SN1 until his 21st birthday. Given he is 19, Town manager Mark Cooper essentially has a month to figure out whether or not he wants the former England youth international in his squad long-term.

“It’s one that’s got a bit of flexibility about it,” Cooper told the Advertiser. “We’ve not brought him in just to look at him, we’ve brought him in to look at him and hopefully play him in the team.

“If we don’t get any players in we know we’ve already got one in the door already.“ Of Lelan’s attributes, Cooper said: “He’s very quick, he’s strong, he can play. He was one that was flagged up to us and we’ve taken him on for a month so we can have a real good look at him.

“He’s trained for two days, he’s a nice kid. He’s very fit, very strong, very good on the ball.”

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8:37am Sat 26 Jul 14

the wizard says...

Quote, He’s very fit, very strong, very good on the ball.”

All essential qualities that you look for at this level, and add to that he is obviously ambitious and wants to make a mark. Couldn't really ask for more but he has also played for his country which makes him probably one of the best at his age out there. Can't be bad.
Quote, He’s very fit, very strong, very good on the ball.” All essential qualities that you look for at this level, and add to that he is obviously ambitious and wants to make a mark. Couldn't really ask for more but he has also played for his country which makes him probably one of the best at his age out there. Can't be bad. the wizard
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8:47am Sat 26 Jul 14

oo-r-ya? says...

I think it's looking less and less likely that we are going to get Stephens back. Another Saints defender has just gone out the door to Arsenal. If they were going to let him come here surely we would have been told by now. Or is it the player himself looking for higher grade football? Sad, but time to move on me thinks.
I think it's looking less and less likely that we are going to get Stephens back. Another Saints defender has just gone out the door to Arsenal. If they were going to let him come here surely we would have been told by now. Or is it the player himself looking for higher grade football? Sad, but time to move on me thinks. oo-r-ya?
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11:28am Sat 26 Jul 14

Oi Den! says...

I'm not sure that the other comings and goings at Southampton will make that much difference to their decision on Stephens. Surely if they think he's capable of competing for a place, they'll keep him. If they send him out on loan again it will be because they think he's not good enough or not ready for top flight football.
I'm not sure that the other comings and goings at Southampton will make that much difference to their decision on Stephens. Surely if they think he's capable of competing for a place, they'll keep him. If they send him out on loan again it will be because they think he's not good enough or not ready for top flight football. Oi Den!
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12:57pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Oldhamred says...

oo-r-ya? wrote:
I think it's looking less and less likely that we are going to get Stephens back. Another Saints defender has just gone out the door to Arsenal. If they were going to let him come here surely we would have been told by now. Or is it the player himself looking for higher grade football? Sad, but time to move on me thinks.
Whilst it still remains undecided as to whether we can secure Jacks services for this coming season, I think we can be confident that should he be sent out on loan STFC is HIS preferred destination.

On the 15th April there was an Adver article which quoted Jack as saying the following:

And while he is tied to the Saints until 2017, Stephens says he is enjoying playing week in, week out.
“It has taught me loads of things, it is a massive experience and it has taught me something every day,” he said.
“ Just being involved with the first team every single day with a match on a Saturday is a great experience.
“It is what I want to be doing, I want to be playing every Saturday, whether it is in the Premiership or League One.
“The players here have helped me fit straight in, it is great.”
Stephens has only featured once for the St Mary’s side, coming off the bench in an FA Cup tie at Coventry City in 2012, but since arriving in Swindon last month he has featured in all six matches.
With the desire to playing regular first team football, should Southampton look for Stephens to gain more experience this is the place he wants to be.
“If the option of going out on loan happens then this is the first place I’d like to come,” he said.

It seems to me that our chances still remain high.
[quote][p][bold]oo-r-ya?[/bold] wrote: I think it's looking less and less likely that we are going to get Stephens back. Another Saints defender has just gone out the door to Arsenal. If they were going to let him come here surely we would have been told by now. Or is it the player himself looking for higher grade football? Sad, but time to move on me thinks.[/p][/quote]Whilst it still remains undecided as to whether we can secure Jacks services for this coming season, I think we can be confident that should he be sent out on loan STFC is HIS preferred destination. On the 15th April there was an Adver article which quoted Jack as saying the following: And while he is tied to the Saints until 2017, Stephens says he is enjoying playing week in, week out. “It has taught me loads of things, it is a massive experience and it has taught me something every day,” he said. “ Just being involved with the first team every single day with a match on a Saturday is a great experience. “It is what I want to be doing, I want to be playing every Saturday, whether it is in the Premiership or League One. “The players here have helped me fit straight in, it is great.” Stephens has only featured once for the St Mary’s side, coming off the bench in an FA Cup tie at Coventry City in 2012, but since arriving in Swindon last month he has featured in all six matches. With the desire to playing regular first team football, should Southampton look for Stephens to gain more experience this is the place he wants to be. “If the option of going out on loan happens then this is the first place I’d like to come,” he said. It seems to me that our chances still remain high. Oldhamred
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2:31pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Wilesy says...

Oldhamred wrote:
oo-r-ya? wrote:
I think it's looking less and less likely that we are going to get Stephens back. Another Saints defender has just gone out the door to Arsenal. If they were going to let him come here surely we would have been told by now. Or is it the player himself looking for higher grade football? Sad, but time to move on me thinks.
Whilst it still remains undecided as to whether we can secure Jacks services for this coming season, I think we can be confident that should he be sent out on loan STFC is HIS preferred destination.

On the 15th April there was an Adver article which quoted Jack as saying the following:

And while he is tied to the Saints until 2017, Stephens says he is enjoying playing week in, week out.
“It has taught me loads of things, it is a massive experience and it has taught me something every day,” he said.
“ Just being involved with the first team every single day with a match on a Saturday is a great experience.
“It is what I want to be doing, I want to be playing every Saturday, whether it is in the Premiership or League One.
“The players here have helped me fit straight in, it is great.”
Stephens has only featured once for the St Mary’s side, coming off the bench in an FA Cup tie at Coventry City in 2012, but since arriving in Swindon last month he has featured in all six matches.
With the desire to playing regular first team football, should Southampton look for Stephens to gain more experience this is the place he wants to be.
“If the option of going out on loan happens then this is the first place I’d like to come,” he said.

It seems to me that our chances still remain high.
A lots happened since 15th April....

A number of the players Stephens played with at Swindon last season who helped him settle have gone

A new manager at Saints - he has played in pre-season so has he impressed Koeman?

A fire sale at Saints and in particular most of their defence likely to have gone in a week or so. Stephens will have aspirations to play at the highest level he can. This may have opened up opportunities to actually play games for Saints. A number of his peers at Saints of his age are playing for the first team or have got the big move this summer, he may fancy some of that himself which he won't get playing in League 1.

Saints may need him on the bench, particularly short-term.

My money would be on him staying at Saints for now to see what happens but if Saints recruit defenders and he doesn't get a chance he may go out on loan right at the end of this window or January.
[quote][p][bold]Oldhamred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oo-r-ya?[/bold] wrote: I think it's looking less and less likely that we are going to get Stephens back. Another Saints defender has just gone out the door to Arsenal. If they were going to let him come here surely we would have been told by now. Or is it the player himself looking for higher grade football? Sad, but time to move on me thinks.[/p][/quote]Whilst it still remains undecided as to whether we can secure Jacks services for this coming season, I think we can be confident that should he be sent out on loan STFC is HIS preferred destination. On the 15th April there was an Adver article which quoted Jack as saying the following: And while he is tied to the Saints until 2017, Stephens says he is enjoying playing week in, week out. “It has taught me loads of things, it is a massive experience and it has taught me something every day,” he said. “ Just being involved with the first team every single day with a match on a Saturday is a great experience. “It is what I want to be doing, I want to be playing every Saturday, whether it is in the Premiership or League One. “The players here have helped me fit straight in, it is great.” Stephens has only featured once for the St Mary’s side, coming off the bench in an FA Cup tie at Coventry City in 2012, but since arriving in Swindon last month he has featured in all six matches. With the desire to playing regular first team football, should Southampton look for Stephens to gain more experience this is the place he wants to be. “If the option of going out on loan happens then this is the first place I’d like to come,” he said. It seems to me that our chances still remain high.[/p][/quote]A lots happened since 15th April.... A number of the players Stephens played with at Swindon last season who helped him settle have gone A new manager at Saints - he has played in pre-season so has he impressed Koeman? A fire sale at Saints and in particular most of their defence likely to have gone in a week or so. Stephens will have aspirations to play at the highest level he can. This may have opened up opportunities to actually play games for Saints. A number of his peers at Saints of his age are playing for the first team or have got the big move this summer, he may fancy some of that himself which he won't get playing in League 1. Saints may need him on the bench, particularly short-term. My money would be on him staying at Saints for now to see what happens but if Saints recruit defenders and he doesn't get a chance he may go out on loan right at the end of this window or January. Wilesy
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