SWINDON Town manager David Flitcroft admits that it will be important for him and his staff to change the culture at the club during this upcoming pre-season campaign, with an emphasis on a ‘winning mindset’.

With relegation from League One on the CV of those players that remain from last year’s squad, Flitcroft is keen to diminish those vibes as quickly as possible, starting at Swindon Supermarine this weekend.

The 43-year-old has only had little over a week on the training ground but is already making his mark with six new signings, who vastly raise the average age of the squad, as well as imprinting his own tactics onto the players early on.

Flitcroft is keen that everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet in order to make sure they become a breeding ground for success.

“I think (pre-season) is going to be a huge culture shock, in terms of the younger players from last season,” said Flitcroft. “I think our environment is totally different and that is something that we have got to change over a course and over a time.

“Certainly, from a physicality point of view, we’re going to have to change that over a bit more time.

“The new players have probably come from harsh environments and tough environments and disciplined environments and they are probably more used to that and the way that I will speak to them and the way I will try and motivate them.

“It’s going to take time to get any culture set but we’re certainly prepared to work harder than anyone to try and achieve that.

“Winning is an every day thing that you put your work into and I have got to make sure that all the staff know that, the kitman has got to understand about winning, the goalkeeping coach has got to understand about winning and that is the methodology that we work on.”

Meanwhile, the loan switch of left-back Chris Hussey from Sheffield United to Swindon Town appeared to be inching closer today.

The 28 year old, who has made 11 appearances for the Blades since arriving at Bramall Lane last summer, is poised to join Town on a loan agreement to run for the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign, with the deal thought to be ready to be confirmed today.