PAUL Caddis is continuing to train with the Swindon Town squad but manager Richie Wellens admits finances mean no contract offer will be forthcoming in the immediate future.

Town have added two free agents to their squad already this month, with Gabriel Zakuani and Dion Donohue signing terms in the wake of a spate of injuries in Swindon’s defensive ranks.

Caddis – who spent three seasons on Town’s books at the start of the decade – is currently without a club after being released from League Two rivals Bradford City this summer.

The 31-year-old was invited back to Wiltshire by Wellens to train with the Swindon squad in order to keep his fitness up but funds are not currently available to make him a permanent addition at the Energy Check County Ground.

“He is still training with us and fair play to him,” said Wellens.

“Obviously finances are quite difficult at the moment because we have had to use up two wages for two players coming in because we didn’t know we were going to pick up injuries in that area.

“I rang Paul and said this is the situation: ‘At the moment, we can’t really do anything but you can use us to get fit’.

“He is a very good trainer, very fit and a good footballer as well – and, above all, his attitude is spot on.

“It is something that might happen if there is an injury down the line but, at the moment, he is keeping fit and he is improving the standard of our training.

“If anyone gives me a call about him, I will only speak highly of him.”

Wellens made six permanent new signings over the summer as well as bringing in seven more on loan – although one of those, Daniel Ballard, has since been sent back to parent club Arsenal after suffering a long-term injury.

The Town boss has therefore praised the support given to him by chairman Lee Power in bringing in additional reinforcements in the wake of unexpected injury woes.

Wellens said: “We used the budget that was available and the chairman has gone above and beyond for the last couple of signings because we didn’t expect them.

“No one can foresee Dan Ballard and Dion Conroy being out for the season and Mathieu Baudry going down for a month but he was good enough to say get the Dion Donohue and Gabriel Zakuani deals done.

“We are still trying to offload a few but, at the moment, we just can’t do that.”

One of Town’s loanees, Diallang Jaiyesimi, has not featured since the opening day of the season due to an injury of his own but Wellens is excited to have the Norwich City winger back in the fold for this weekend’s trip to Crewe Alexandra.

“DJ has been outstanding in the last two days of training,” said Wellens.

“He is obviously nowhere near fit enough to start the game but I would imagine he will be on the bench.

“There have been times this season when I have looked behind me and felt I needed something in the final third, and I have just lacked that option.

“When I look behind and see him now, we have got a massive asset.

“He has got huge attributes. He is skilful, strong, very dynamic and can beat two or three players in an instant.

“I am looking forward to getting him back in the squad.”