HE may be key to Swindon Town’s hopes of being able to boast a robust defensive line next season, but Rob Hunt says a big attraction upon joining the club was the prospect of playing attacking football.

Full-back Hunt is one of seven signings made by manager Richie Wellens in the off-season, with plenty of new recruits required after a dozen players departed the club at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Hunt arrives at the Energy Check County Ground after three seasons at Oldham Athletic, with the 23-year-old on the Latics’ books permanently over the last two campaigns after a successful initial loan spell from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Like Town, Oldham had a season of mid-table mediocrity in League Two last season and Hunt is looking forward to a fresh challenge at SN1.

“The attraction for me was being able to get the ball down and play attacking football,” said Hunt.

“I know what the manager wants from me, and I think it will work well and we can have a good relationship.

“It was a challenging year at Oldham, but that is part of football. I still did OK, I played a few games.

“It’s unfortunate we went through good and bad patches and didn’t have that consistency on the pitch. But I wish them all the best for the future.”

Town began their pre-season training programme on Monday, June 24, and played their first two friendly matches the following week.

The intensity has ramped up a notch this week as Wellens has taken his first-team squad to La Manga in Spain for a warm-weather training camp.

Hunt believes the summer period has been productive so far when it comes to unifying the new-look Town squad.

“It’s been quite a tough start but good as well,” said Hunt.

“Getting in early to blow the cobwebs away has been good. We’ve been through a lot of fitness testing – track running, road running, weights.

“We’ve got a busy pre-season schedule, so playing early on and getting used to playing with everyone is good.”

Meanwhile, Town continued their pre-season winning streak with a 1-0 success against Everton’s U23s side on Thursday.

The match served part of Town’s warm-weather training camp in Spain.

Ellis Iandolo got the only goal of the game, heading home for Town from a corner in the closing stages.