CHIPPENHAM Town boss Mark Collier says he plans to reach out to Swindon Town manager Phil Brown in a bid to extend Will Henry’s loan deal at Hardenhuish Park.

After the return of Lawrence Vigouroux and addition of Luke McCormick, Henry found himself as third-choice at Swindon.

The 20-year-old followed in the footsteps of fellow Swindon youngster Scott Twine, by signing a loan agreement with the National League South side.

Henry’s agreement is a month long but after the news that the club’s other goalkeeper, Will Puddy, will be out of action until December with a knee problem Collier is keen to extend the deal.

“Puddy picked up a knee ligament injury against Slough Town last Tuesday night,” he said.

“It looks as though he is going to be out until the early part of December and that is a blow because he was doing particularly well.

“He got himself fit and had a good pre-season so now Will Henry has an opportunity for the next three games.

“We will have a conversation with Swindon Town to see if we can take his deal any further.

“Will Henry is a good young goalkeeper, he’ll only get better with games as he builds an understanding with the back four and the rest of the team.

“It’s unfortunate on Puddy., but I said to him it’s part of being a footballer, you are going to be injured at some stage, there is never a good time.”

While Collier would like to see Henry at Hardenhuish Park beyond this month, he says he is more than aware the decision ultimately lies at the County Ground.

Should he be unable to lure Henry to a longer commitment, the Bluebirds’ boss says there are still plenty of other options for him to explore.

“He (Henry) is Swindon Town’s player and I respect that. It would come down to a couple of things we’d need to sort out,” added Collier, whose side defeated Truro City 2-1 on Tuesday night.

“The positive is I have three weeks to sort that out or get somebody else in, so we will make some calls.

“Ideally, we’d like to keep Will as our goalkeeper as long as we can, but the ball isn’t in my court with that one really.

“There are always some goalkeepers around if we can’t pull it off.

“We are a good club, we are well supported and we play in the National League South .

“So if there is another goalkeeper who has to come in and win the shirt from Henry and then keep Puddy out of the team, then so be it.

“There is a a good opportunity for a goalkeeper and securing a longer term option is something we need to look at.

“Hopefully we can come to an agreement that suits both parties, us and Swindon Town.”

Chippenham return to action on Saturday when they go to Eastbourne Borough.