GOALKEEPER Stuart Moore is unlikely to feature for Swindon Town this coming season amid a possible move to another League Two club, the Advertiser understands.

Moore, who kept three clean sheets in 10 appearances for Town last season, was offered a fresh contract by Town boss Phil Brown during the summer break, but he is yet to sign the deal.

The Isle of Wight-born stopper has joined the Town squad throughout their pre-season training schedule to date at Beversbrook Sports Facility in Calne.

However the 23-year-old was missing from Phil Brown’s two teams that featured against Cirencester Town on Wednesday night, with returning Lawrence Vigouroux, trialist Luke McCormick and Will Henry instead on show.

McCormick was released from Argyle at the end of last season having made more than 300 appearances for the club during two stints.

The experienced 34-year-old keeper could act as a replacement for Moore, about whom Brown made no secret of his intentions to keep at Town.

“Where Luke McCormick is concerned I know we have potentially lost Stuart Moore,” said Brown.

“And if that is the case then to replace him with someone of Luke’s calibre will certainly test Lawrence Vigouroux.”

Another absentee from Wednesday night’s opening pre-season fixture was striker Marc Richards.

But Brown revealed the astroturf surface has caused Richards problems during training, and playing him would have been an unnecessary risk.

Brown said: “Marc (Richards) didn’t play because of the astro surface.

“Every time we trained on astroturf he always stiffened up for a couple of days, and I don’t want that at this stage.

“I want him to train fully which he has done up to this stage. I always look after my senior players, I always will do.”

One gap Brown is seeking to fill is the holding number four role, something which James Dunne was accustomed to throughout last season.

But Brown opted to play Dunne – who will miss Town’s first three games of the season after picking up a red card against Accrington Stanley on the final day of last season – in a more aggressive role during Wednesday’s game.

“I’m looking for that definitive number four,” said Brown.

“We witnessed Ellis Iandolo, Steven Alzate and James Dunne in the second half – I had a little pop at James after because he’s suspended for three games.

“We saw what he’s capable of. I don’t think he’s a four, yet a lot of managers have played him in that sitting role.

“I think he’s more advanced than that, he’s more aggressive with the ball when he’s further forward and he made the third goal with the calmness I’d expect from an eight or a 10.

“There was more to like about the passing and movement in the second half, but at the end of the day we weren’t clinical enough in the final third. But it’s early, it’s very early.”