OUTGOING striker Nicky Ajose has called on Swindon Town fans to unite behind chairman Lee Power following his move to Charlton Athletic.

This time last year, the 24-year-old was left ‘rotting’ at Leeds United after being relegated to train with the under 18s before his contract was ended and Power moved for his marquee signing of the summer.

Since then, free-agent Jamie Sendles-White and John Goddard, from non-league outfit Woking, have been the only other players to come through the door at the County Ground, sparking frustration from some sections of the Town fans.

However, Ajose thinks they need to look at the bigger picture and get behind both Power and head coach Luke Williams for next season, with the style of play a big attraction for potential signings.

“I don’t know anything about accounts or how to run a football club but all I know is that the club was in a bad spot when Lee came in and now it is stable,” he told the Adver.

“He might not be out there spending big fees on big name players but he is doing it in his own way and showing that it can work.

“You can have success, as he showed last year when they got to the play-off final, with the right kind of recruitment and loans.

“If you look at his record, he is keeping the club alive through its own players.

“What the fans need to understand is, when you are not in the top six budgets in the league, you need to have something that attracts footballers to your team.

“At Swindon, they have got a few things with the manager, which is a big thing, and the style of play.

“I wouldn’t have come to Swindon, for example, last year if we were a team who booted it long and we all chased it down the pitch, like football-rugby.

“It might not be what fans want to hear but as long as Lee is in charge, this is the way he is going to run it.

“It is best if everyone gets on board with it as much as possible.”

Ajose admitted that last season was a frustrating one for himself, despite scoring 25 goals in all competitions.

Rather than challenging for promotion, Swindon finished 16th but the former Manchester United youth product thinks the stability of Williams at the helm this term could see a more successful outcome.

“On a personal note, it was nice to get good figures and you get a little bit of applause and acclaim but it was also the most frustrating period of my career as well in terms of the rollercoaster season we had with three different managers,” he added.

“For me personally, I feel I did well but I would have rather scored 10 goals and got promoted.

“Now that Luke is there, I am pretty sure there is going to be a bit more stability.

“He is worth five players and has got the utmost respect from everyone in Swindon and I think around the Football League because he is first-class.

“I just hope he gets the support he needs this year to implement what I know he can. If that happens, then I know it will be a more positive season than last year.

“I want to wish Swindon all the best in the future.”