SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens has pointed all praise in the direction of chairman Lee Power after completing the signing of striker Eoin Doyle on loan.

Irishman Doyle sealed a season-long switch to the Energy Check County Ground from Town’s League Two rivals Bradford City and is likely to make his debut in today’s trip to Exeter City.

Doyle is a player well known to Wellens, with the 31-year-old having played under him at Oldham Athletic during another loan spell in the 2017-18 season.

Wellens has been keen on bringing the striker to SN1 throughout the summer so was therefore thrilled when Power stepped up their pursuit in the wake of fellow loan striker Jerry Yates being hit with a three-match suspension for a red card in the Carabao Cup defeat at Colchester United in midweek.

“Along with Jerry, Eoin was a target I identified at the start,” said Wellens.

“I believed it was going to be difficult to get him. We have tried but he has started the three games for Bradford this season.

“This time it wasn’t me that pushed it, it was the chairman.

“We obviously had the disappointment of Jerry getting sent off on Tuesday, and then the chairman rang me on Wednesday morning and said he was going to get Doyle.

“I have to take my hat off to him. He worked hard on Wednesday and Thursday to get it done and has put his hand in his pocket because, believe me, when you sign a player like this, it doesn’t come cheap.

“Eoin is someone I have worked with before. In terms of his personality, he ticks every box.

“When he gets chances, he can score goals. It is now my job and the team’s job to start making chances as we saw from training on Friday that if he gets chances, he puts them away.”

That is unlikely to be the end of Wellens’ transfer business for the summer as Town are now on the lookout for a new central defender after an injury to Dan Ballard.

The 19-year-old signed a season-long loan deal at Town from Premier League side Arsenal over the summer but has seen his County Ground career curtailed after only three appearances after suffering a meniscus injury in the midweek cup clash at Colchester.

“He will go back to Arsenal because he will be out for up to five months, which is a huge blow,” said Wellens.

“It means we are going to have to bring in another centre-back.”