OUTGOING Swindon Town goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has talked down his public fallout with manager Richie Wellens, stating that himself and the Town boss maintain a strong relationship and mutual respect for each other.

Vigouroux’s departure from SN1 was confirmed by the club on Wednesday evening.

It followed several months of failed negotiations between both parties regarding a fresh contract for the 25-year-old, who is now without a club and is yet to agree terms with a team for the 2019-20 season.

The goalkeeper’s Swindon exit appeared to end sourly, after Wellens publicly called out Vigouroux for his poor attitude towards training and lack of discipline.

Those elements prompted the 39-year-old to not only axe Vigouroux from his first-choice goalkeeping role after he arrived back in the UK from international duty with Chile, but also drop him out of the matchday squad.

But, speaking to the Advertiser after Town announced that 10 out-of-contract players would leave the club with immediate effect, Vigouroux said his relationship with Wellens isn’t as bad as fans might presume.

He said: “People would be surprised, I still speak to a lot of people who fans thought I fell out.

“I still speak with Mark Cooper, Luke Williams and Richie Wellens – I still get on with everyone. I had a good meeting with Richie the other day, and there are no hard feelings between us both. It’s how football is.

“Things aren’t easy when you’re out of the team – especially when it’s not because of your performances.

“Luke (McCormick) played really well while I was away (with Chile), and that’s football – I had to deal with the situation as best I could.”

The Chile international ends his Town career having played 130 games for the club since joining on loan from Liverpool in the summer of 2015.

His loan deal became permanent a year after first linking up with the County Ground outfit, as he signed a three-year deal which concluded earlier this month.

Four years at the County Ground has helped Vigouroux mature, in his opinion. And he stated he would behave differently if he had the chance to re-live his time at Town again.

He added: “Maybe I could’ve done things a little better, but I have no regrets. I want to move on to the future and do as well as I can.

“I would’ve done things differently, but I wouldn’t ultimately change anything.

“I might have done things a lot differently to what I have done. Managers might not have gone to the press and said what they said if I did things differently.

“But I feel I’m more mature now to deal with anything that comes my way.”