INVESTING in the roles of director of football and chief scout has granted Swindon Town manager Richie Wellens the time and information required to re-ignite the club’s League Two play-off charge, according to chairman Lee Power.

Paul Jewell was appointed as director of football in December, while chief scout Ben Chorley arrived at the Energy Check County Ground in July last year.

Both Wellens and Power claim the pair’s work at the club has lifted a significant volume of work from the first-team manager role.

That opinion can be backed up by Town’s fine form since Jewell’s arrival – which has seen only three defeats in 13 league matches.

Power told BBC Wiltshire: “I’m pleased with the impact of the players Richie (Wellens) has brought in.

“Making the investment in Paul Jewell and Ben Chorley and having that system in place at this level is a luxury, we’re probably one of few teams that has it.

“The players the have come in have made a difference, and they (Jewell and Chorley) are working hard behind the scenes to bring the players in for the summer.

“That allows Richie to concentrate on what he needs to do with the team. It’s worked well so far.”

Power also spoke highly of the impact of the club’s latest recruits.

Canice Carroll, Tom Broadbent, Kyle Bennett and Theo Robinson have all become regulars in Town’s starting XI.

Robinson, in particular, has received praise from the Town faithful after netting twice in his first four matches.

But with only Broadbent tied down to a permanent deal, Power does not want to commit to a player that could hold the team back in their quest to earn promotion.

He added: “It’s so hard at this level, we have to use the loan market a lot – and a lot of players are on short-term contract because the turnaround is so big.

“The players are at this level for a reason, you don’t want to take one and then be lumbered with them.

“When we make our mind up and feel they do have a future we do try and get them on a long-term deal.”