NICKY Ajose has rejoined Swindon Town from Charlton Athletic on a loan deal until the end of the season, the County Ground club confirmed this afternoon.

News of the 25-year-old striker's likely Wiltshire comeback broke this morning, with sources close to the player telling the Swindon Advertiser that the move was very much happening.

Town subsequently confirmed the news at 4pm, with the frontman back for a third spell, having struck 35 goals in just 61 games during two previous stints at the club.

Ajose, voted the Swindon Advertiser's Town Player of the Year last season, only joined fellow League One side Charlton last summer for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £800,000, but has failed to nail down a pivotal role at the Valley.

Town’s top goalscorer last term with 25 goals in all competitions, he had only made 17 league starts for the Addicks.

The striker’s last appearance for Karl Robinson’s side came as an 82nd minute substitute in their 4-1 home win over Bristol Rovers on Monday, January 2.

Ajose was previously heavily linked with a move to Southend United and Bradford City, having fallen down the pecking order at Charlton.

However he becomes Town's sixth signing of the January transfer window joining fellow loan arrivals of Ben Gladwin, Charlie Colkett, Fankaty Dabo and Islam Feruz, plus the permanent signing of Chelsea defender Dion Conroy.

Referring to Ajose's Swindon switch, Charlton boss Robinson told the Addicks' website: "It’s important at this stage of his career for Nicky to be playing regularly and we are not able to guarantee that here at the moment.

"Hopefully he’ll enjoy being back in familiar surroundings, score some goals for Swindon and we’ll then see where we are in the summer.

“In the meantime we have plenty of striking options with Josh Magennis back soon, Lee Novak fully fit and Tony Watt who has been like a new signing for us.

"We’re hopeful to get one more striker in before the window closes which will give me plenty of quality options up front.”