SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens credited enthusiastic fans' feel-good factor and the skilful team effort from his players for sending the club to the top of League Two.

He told the Adver: “I’m so proud of each and every one of the players because they’ve all put something towards the group to achieve this.

“The supporters should be very proud too because the connection between them and the players has been great. The atmosphere at home games was fantastic and the away games sold out.

“That feel-good factor the fans created, aided by the players performing well and getting good results, has made this happen.

“We wanted to win it on the pitch because we were the best team in the league and that wasn’t really possible, so in the circumstances this is the best way we could have gone up.

“The club’s been going more than 100 years and only achieved this a few times, which shows you how difficult it is.

“It’s good to be back to a level that’s more realistic for what Swindon deserves. We will have great days ahead and next year we’ll go up against the really big clubs.”

Manager Wellens added that a fitting celebration would follow as soon as it is safe to hold one. He said: “We will get our day in the sun to celebrate and the players, staff and supporters all deserve that day.

“The next step is finding out when we can start pre-season. There’s been a dilemma with contracts because there’s no clarity on when the dates will be. Then we can work on getting a good enough team for League One.”

The Town boss is in talks to retain the squad which secured the title and is hoping to add to that number in readiness for the step up.