SWINDON Town boss Phil Brown is likely to give the club’s younger players the chance to impress in the final match of the season this weekend.

Town welcome League Two champions Accrington Stanley to the Energy Check County Ground on Saturday, with their own fate already sealed as a place in the play-offs is already out of reach.

On-loan players Chris Hussey and Ollie Banks have been sent back to their parent clubs, Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic respectively, with the former having been handed a five-match suspension by the FA following an incident with a supporter after the final whistle of Town’s 2-1 defeat at Newport County last month.

Brown has already given maiden first-team starts to Scott Twine and Joe Romanski over the past month and is expected to reward a third youngster with the same honour against Accy.

Speaking on the decision to end Banks’ loan early, Brown said: “It is maybe making way for a player coming through the ranks that I quite rate.

“I had my eye on him when I first came and will probably make his debut on Saturday.

“It is not just a case of throwing him in at the deep end or giving him an opportunity in my last game by any stretch of the imagination.

“Making your debut at the County Ground is no mean feat. You are in front of 7,000 home fans and there is a little bit of pressure, but the kid can handle it.

“Chris Hussey is suspended for five games so is not available. Chris has gone back to his parent club, Ollie has gone back to his parent club and Kellan Gordon has gone back to his parent club. That leaves Timi Elsnik and Rollin Menayese available.

“It is not a clear out of loan players or anything like that. It is not a cull or bad behaviour or anything like that. I just spoke with Ollie at length and said he wasn’t needed at the weekend, it is as simple as that.”

Matt Preston could also be in line to feature against Stanley, with the central defender having not featured since February due to a knee injury.

Brown is keen to cast an eye over the 23-year-old, who – like the Town boss – is out of contract at SN1 at the end of the season.

Club captain Olly Lancashire and top scorer Luke Norris remain unavailable due to injury.

“Matt Preston has been training all week and is pushing for a start. I have got to be careful with him, it has been a long time out,” said Brown.

“If Matt decides he wants to play some part in the game on Saturday I would probably have a look at him with a view to next season – but therein lies another question of course.

“I like what I have witnessed in Matt’s attitude towards the game and certainly the way he plays football. That is something I have missed since I have been here.

“I have been through the history of the nine games since I have been here, and what probably hasn’t been available to me is the sturdy, strong centre-backs that will put their heads in and put their bodies on the line. Matt is certainly one of them.”