HAVING enjoyed a wholly positive transfer window Swindon Town’s next task will be keeping hold of the players on their books attracting attention.
Four high-profile first team names could leave the club for free next summer, the contracts of Wes Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, Andy Williams and Nathan Byrne all expire at the end of the season.
However chairman Lee Power has held on to his key players in this window, thus giving Mark Cooper every chance to help realise the team’s potential. In making a deal to retain the service of Louis Thompson, Power has proved his mettle in the market and backed up his manager’s vision.
Cooper has full faith in Power to do his best to get those players with expiring contracts new deals saying on the situation: “I think he (Power) knows that’s going to have to be spoken about soon. I’m sure that he’s putting things in place where those sort of things will be taken care of in the coming days and weeks.
“You have to look and say is the grass greener? Am I part of something here and who knows where it can go? We’ve got some good players. If you can go and earn life-changing money, it doesn’t matter what we do they’re going to go.
“If you’re talking about Wes, Nathan and people like that. It might be that they want to play in Championship, we’ve got to get somebody to take them first of all.
“But they might have said whatever happens I’m going to leave. We can’t affect that but I know the chairman will do everything that he can to try and keep them.’’ That level of faith comes surely stems from a transfer window where Town brought in their targets and, despite selling a promising youngster in Louis Thompson, were able to keep him for the season.
“Fair play to the chairman. I would have thought he could have sold one or two. He did but he did an unbelievable deal to get one back,” added Cooper.
“I’m sure he could have sold more and taken some money and weakened our position but he didn’t. He said ‘I’m going to try and keep everyone and give you a decent squad to work with, which he’s done and we’ve added to it, so fair to play him.“