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Swindon Town set to trim their squad
AFTER the flurry of arrivals at the County Ground last week, Swindon Town are expected to start shedding players over the course of the next seven days with two first-team regulars from last term set to leave the club before the team jets off to Italy on Sunday.
Paolo Di Canio kick-started his summer shopping spree a week ago with the acquisitions of Andy Williams, Gary Roberts and James Collins, while Tommy Miller, Alan Navarro and Jay McEveley were officially unveiled as Robins on Thursday as Town gear up for their pre-season trip to Lake Garda and the impending assault on League One.
With Swindon’s ranks swelling Di Canio needs to trim his squad, and the Advertiser understands two men who played significant roles in Town’s League Two-winning side last season will be shown the exit door in the near future.
The unnamed pair, who accumulated more than 60 league appearances between them in 2011/12, are believed to have attracted interest from clubs in League One and League Two - and deals to secure their departures from SN1 may be just around the corner.
Meanwhile, Town’s 13-year-old goalkeeper Jared Thompson has completed his move to Chelsea.
The transfer, which will net Swindon an undisclosed compensation fee and was reported first by the Advertiser on June 14, was signed and sealed on Saturday.
Finally, new signing Roberts has urged Town to make sure they retain all their prized assets ahead of the new term to help Di Canio in his attempts to secure back to back promotions.
Roberts arrived in Wiltshire following his release from Huddersfield this summer with the ambition to challenge at the top of League One in 2012/13.
To do that, he stressed, there needs to be minimal outgoings over the next two months before competitive football returns in August.
“If he (Di Canio) wants to build he’s got to keep his best players, which he’s said, so I’m looking forward to playing with these type of players,” he said.
“I know they’ve got some great players already at the club so it’s exciting times for the club and the fans.
“I remember playing against Matt Ritchie last year in the FA Cup and he’s a good player and with the goals he scored last year, to keep him here is a big thing.”