HEAD coach Luke Williams plans to give those players already committed to Swindon Town in 2017-18 the opportunity to impress in Sunday’s final game of the season away at Charlton Athletic.
As many as 13 players see their contracts at the County Ground expire over the summer, while a further five are only on loan until the end of the season.
Nicky Ajose has already returned to Charlton as he is unable to face his parent club while on loan at Town, with Lloyd Jones’ loan also having been ended following revelations of the Liverpool defender’s arrest in March.
Just nine of Town’s current first-team squad are contracted to remain at the club as they prepare to drop into League Two, although both Bradley Barry and Ellis Iandolo have options for a further year on their deals.
Williams will therefore prioritise players he knows are likely to remain at the County Ground next season when it comes to his final team selection at the Valley.
“We really must try to give players that haven’t played too many times, but are under contract, the chance to show how much they want to be a part of the plans for next season,” said Williams.
“It is a trial in many ways and it is a great opposition and a great stadium to try to show what your qualities are and what you are made of.
“At the same time, we need to make sure that there are some players in the team who have been and done it over and over and can help the players with less experience to shine.
“We have to get some balance in there but it is a very obvious opportunity to give players a chance to show what they can do.”
With Swindon’s relegation from League One already confirmed and Charlton comfortably in mid-table, there is little riding on the game for either club.
However, Williams says he has a duty to both Swindon’s supporters and players to try to forget the disappointment of their ultimate fate this season and try to inspire one last good performance from his side.
“We have got another game and we owe it to the players to prepare them,” said Williams.
“We didn’t have any extra time off, we had a normal week in terms of training schedule, we have analysed the opposition and shown the players what to expect from Charlton, so we have tried to prepare in the correct manner.
“We will all remember the last game because then it is a summer break and one really good performance can leave a lasting memory for staff and fans.
“It’s very important that the players understand that they need to show, albeit that we have been relegated, that they are ready for a fight in League Two next season.”