RICHIE Wellens plans to table a bid for Bristol Rovers midfielder Kyle Bennett this week.

Bennett, 28, made 15 appearances for Town last season after being drafted in on a season-long loan by Wellens on transfer deadline day in January.

He scored four goals in those appearances, and cemented himself as one of the club’s strongest and most dependable players in the second half of Town’s 2018-19 campaign.

Wellens has made no secret of his ambition to sign the midfielder permanently.

And the Town boss looks set to establish a better idea of Bennett’s possible future at SN1 by the end of this week.

He said: “I’m hoping to make an offer this week, but we still have players at the club that will not be involved this season and are taking up a sizable chunk of the wage bill.

“Unless I can get them out, it’s difficult to bring players in on a decent wage.”

Striker Theo Robinson also remains on Wellens’ radar.

Robinson was another player to enjoy a successful loan stint at Town from January onwards – scoring seven goals in 16 appearances.

But the 30-year-old’s return to Swindon seems less likely, with Wellens admitting that time is ticking on a potential deal.

He added: “Theo (Robinson) is still on my radar, and I am still trying.

“But it’s getting to the stage where if something doesn’t happen soon then I will have to move on.”

Regarding reports that linked Town to striker Danny Hylton, Wellens said: “I like him.”