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SWINDON TOWN: Bessone: Six-month deal was my idea
FEDERICO Bessone has revealed that it was his decision to sign a permanent, six-month contract at Swindon Town rather than join the Robins on loan .
The former Swansea full-back, 28, became Paolo Di Canio’s first signing on Deadline Day when he penned a short-term deal in Wiltshire.
It was originally believed the Argentinian would be a temporary fixture at the County Ground but Bessone told the local media yesterday that he wanted to fight for the chance for a long-term future at SN1.
“It’s my choice. To be fair with you, if I had to come on loan here for me it’s not the same,” he said. “I’m thinking ‘I’m coming on loan from Swansea, Premier League’ and I thought the best idea for me is just to leave Swansea because I knew already that I wasn’t going to have any chances.
“I spoke with my agent, he spoke with the chairman there and they agreed to let me go so that’s why.
“I think it’s better that way. I came here for six months and if I want to stay here I have to work really, really hard.
“I have to prove I want to stay here and play.”
Bessone, who has also played for Leeds and Charlton over the course of four years in England, has found chances hard to come by in south Wales of late and featured just twice for the Swans last term.
And now he is keen to put his recent past behind him and become an integral member of a Swindon side targeting promotion. “I just played two games last season and I’m 28 years old and I need to play games,” he said.
“I knew that Paolo was looking for a left-back. I came here on Wednesday, had a chat with him, I was really happy with the things he said to me so I want to be part of his project here in Swindon.
“The first two seasons at Swansea were amazing, the second year especially with Paulo Sousa was my best year here in the UK. I moved to Leeds, I started playing, I had some problems and finally I went on loan to Charlton where I enjoyed myself playing some games.
“I came back to Swansea and I thought I would have more chances but the team was good, they had a really good season so I didn’t have the chance to get on the team.
“It was quite hard for me, I just kept working and I was thinking this season with a new manager, everything was new and there might be new chances for me.
“But Michael Laudrup said Neil Taylor played 35 games last season, I just played two games, so he would like to stay with the same team so my chances will be the same as last year.
“That’s why I spoke with him, he has been really good with me, and I was looking for somewhere to go and try to enjoy myself again.
“All I want now is to play some games, get my confidence high again and show to everybody that I’m a good player.”