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Swindon director of football operations searching for further diamonds in the rough
“WE’LL never stop looking for more of these little gems.”
Lee Power pledged to keep finding Swindon Town diamonds in the rough after tying midfielder Yaser Kasim to an extended contract at the County Ground this week.
The Robins’ director of football operations can take some of the credit for finding Kasim, who first came to the attention of Swindon’s management in April when he featured in a development match against Bristol Rovers before returning for a second, successful trial in the summer.
And Power has stated his aim to continue picking out players who have been overlooked elsewhere as he looks to strengthen Town’s squad.
“We’re happy with what we’ve got. We’re trying to firm up the structure but we’ll never stop looking for more of these little gems,” he told the Advertiser.
“There are more around somewhere and we’ll try to look to find them and bring their golden touch to the team.
“What we’re trying to do is build a young team playing in a certain style. Hopefully now people are starting to see what we’re all about.
“It’s started to work for us and we can see the project is getting going but we have to protect what we’ve got here.
“Yaser is an integral part of the way we want to play. I saw him play for Luton last year and I was surprised when they released him.”
Power was delighted to see Kasim turn his nose up at the notion of a move away from the County Ground in August, when a £250,000 bid was rejected for his services.
“It was a big Championship club that made the enquiry and I made Yaser aware of it straight away and explained to him our project and where we were trying to get to,” he said.
“He’s made it clear that he wants to stay with the club and continue doing what he’s doing with us.”
So what of other Swindon players coming to the end of contracts or currently in possession of short-term deals?
“We take every individual player at a time,” said Power. “We spent money in bringing Massimo (Luongo) here permanently and then contracts have been given to Miles Storey and the Thompsons.
“We want to build this squad with players for the future.”
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