FORMER Swindon Town defender Jamie Sendles-White says he feels like he has ‘unfinished business’ at the Energy Check County Ground after recovering from a knee injury.

The 24-year-old said the anterior cruciate ligament damage had left him wondering if he would ever play again, after suffering the injury in Swindon’s 2-1 home defeat to Bury in September, 2016.

Over 300 days and three operations later, Sendles-White, who was released by Town at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, played his first match when he featured for Leyton Orient in the National League as he continued his recouperation.

The former Queens Park Rangers man now has over 20 games under his belt this season, where he has represented Orient and St Albans and says he is looking to navigate a way back into the Football League.

The central defender also says Swindon as a club and its supporters will always hold fond memories for him, as he thoroughly enjoyed his time in Wiltshire.

“I feel like I had a really good relationship with the Swindon Town fans and I say it to anyone who asks, the club I have enjoyed and loved the most is Swindon,” said Sendles-White, who revealed he wanted to remain at the County Ground.

“It was disappointing my time got cut short with my knee without really having a chance to get back in the team.

“It’s been my favourite club and I think it is down to Luke Williams and Ross Embleton at the time. Luke is the best I have ever worked with by a long way.

“I was desperate to stay, but I wasn’t the priority, which is fair enough and it was quite late that I got told I wasn’t coming back, but I sort of knew. 

“I’ve always said I would love to come back to Swindon, no matter what, I have such a love for the club and the fans – they were amazing during my time when I was fit and injured.

“I feel like I have a bit of unfinished business with them. I want to give a bit back to the fans and the club as well.”

In his recovery, the 24-year-old underwent the majority of his rehab at Loftus Road before linking up with former Town boss Martin Ling and Embleton at the O’s.

Sendles-White was released by the National League side and then opted to sign for National League South’s St Albans to keep his fitness ticking over.

After making a combined 27 appearances since his return from injury, the defender believes he, both physically and mentally, is stronger than ever.

“When I saw the surgeon for the first time he said to me that If I had done it three years ago, there wasn’t an operation to fix what I did,” he added.

“I was lucky they have an operation to fix what I did on the day of the first operation it hit me because I thought if they couldn’t fix it, then my career is over.

“I had some dark times in my rehab because I couldn’t walk. I was on crutches for nine weeks and I couldn’t do day-to-day things that you take for granted.

“When I saw the surgeon, I realised the extent of it. I went for my first operation which fixed almost everything.

“Then I had a couple of other little things which needed fixing in the second and third operations, now it is as strong as it ever has been.

“It was very tough to take mentally but they always say it makes you a stronger person and I think it definitely did for me.”