SWINDON Town midfielder Danny Rose believes the foundations for a promotion push are almost in place at the County Ground and feels sure the club will be ready to re-claim a spot in League One next term.

Rose was speaking after Swindon’s 3-2 defeat at Cheltenham Town last Saturday – a game in which he missed out through injury – while also announcing he would be staying at the club for the 2019-20 season.

The 31-year-old has made 10 appearances for Town since joining the club in January on an initial short-term deal, but both the club and Rose felt it would be beneficial for the Bristol-born midfielder to stick around for another year.

Discussing the reasons behind his decision to stay in Wiltshire for another 12 months, Rose cited the team’s encouraging performances throughout March and April as one of the factors behind his confidence for a successful upcoming campaign.

He said: “During the spell of seven or eight games that I played on the bounce before the Crewe game, there were certainly signs, in terms of performance and work ethic from my point of view, that the spirit was just beginning to gain momentum.

“I know the draws that we had on the bounce scuppered the momentum in terms of results and points, but we were still having really good spells of possession and the signs were there that we were doing the right things.

“It was just a case of not doing the hardest thing, and that was putting the ball in the net.

“That’s something that the club and the management know they have to address in the summer, in terms of people scoring goals, and I’m sure they’ll do that.

“I know the foundations are almost there, but I know that they will be there for next season.”

Swindon end their third-consecutive season in League Two at home to Notts County on Saturday with the visitors still scrapping for their lives to stay in the Football League.

Town boss Richie Wellens has promised only players that are set to be involved next season will play a part at the weekend, although Rose’s involvement will depend on his niggling hamstring injury.

The EFL’s oldest club, Notts County, know only a win will save them as they are two points behind Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield Town, but Rose said the Swindon players cannot let County’s situation affect them and has urged his teammates to give everything for one final time this season.

He said: “If the players play with pride and passion and play for the badge, then the fans can’t ask for much more.

“Sometimes we might not play as well as we want to, but I think the fans definitely recognise if the players are putting in 100 per cent and doing everything they can, then the fans can’t argue.

“Yes, the quality might not always be there at times, but when it does click we’ve been a very tough team to play against.

“Hopefully, as a collective, we will have pride in the badge, and we want to end the season as high as possible so we can take some confidence into pre-season.”