CAMERON McGilp admits moving into a squad where he has a chance to play in a first-team environment proved a key factor when making the move south from Birmingham on transfer deadline day.

McGilp, 20, was first made aware of Town boss Richie Wellens’ interest on Wednesday afternoon before driving to Wiltshire following a morning training session with the Blues on Thursday – transfer deadline day – to complete the required paperwork.

Following his release from Melbourne Victory, the Scottish-born midfielder and centre half moved back to the UK and signed for Garry Monk’s Blues – though he made no first-team appearances.

His status as a back-up player at St Andrews ultimately made McGilp’s decision to move to Wiltshire for him.

And he is now hoping to pitch for a first-team spot after signing a two-and-a-half year deal at SN1.

He said: “I was looking to get into a first-team environment where there would be a chance to play games and make an impact.

“Once the opportunity for Swindon came up – I found out through my coaches and agent – I had no hesitation at all to sign on.

“I trained on Friday and met all of the boys, which was good. We had a tough session on Saturday too because the game was called off.

“I’ve been into the club a couple of times too, and I’ve been made to feel very welcome – which is a credit to all of the team and the manager.

“Richie (Wellens) is really good, he has told me to enjoy myself and prove to him what I can do.

“I’ve got a bit of time to try and make an impression and break into the team. He’s hands on and encouraging.”

Moving to Wiltshire will prove no issue for Town’s deadline day recruit – who was one of three players to sign last-minute deals as Kyle Bennett and Theo Robinson signed on loan deals from Bristol Rovers and Southend United respectively.

McGilp stated that while football remains bigger in the UK, the sport is rapidly becoming more mainstream down under.

He added: “I’ve enjoyed being part of different cultures, there is always a new challenge.

“I made the move from Melbourne – moving to Swindon isn’t as big of a deal for me. I’m quite used to change and that does mean I will settle quicker than others would.

“Football is a lot bigger over here, but it’s growing in Australia, which is good to see.”