WINGER Lloyd Isgrove says there is a distinct similarity between the current Swindon Town squad and the Barnsley side that he was promoted with in terms of spirit within the group.

The 27-year-old tasted promotion with the Tykes in 2016 after scoring in the League One play-off final – Isgrove was at Oakwell on loan – and he is aiming for the second promotion of his career with Richie Wellens’ Swindon.

Despite a number of injuries to key players and the recalling of loanees from the squad, Isgrove believes the current crop of players has the right mentality to achieve their goals.

He said: “I’m not really thinking about old seasons or old promotions, I’m just looking to gel with this group of lads.

“The togetherness is good, and I can see similarities between this team and squads I’ve been promoted with in the past in terms of the spirit in the dressing room, so that’s all I’m focused on.”

The 27-year-old is Town’s sixth oldest player and says being one of the more mature heads in the dressing room is strange.

Despite his age, Isgrove admits he leaves the motivational talks to others and prefers to show his experience on the pitch instead.

He said: “There are a few big personalities in the changing room that take on those leadership roles – Danny Rose and Mathieu Baudry do that, so it will be good to have Mathieu back this weekend.

“Anthony Grant is good at that too, and the way that he plays – he passes his experience on out on the pitch, similar to me.

“But I’m quite an old player in this group – which is weird – and there are quite a few young lads, so the mix is really good in this squad.”

The mercurial winger began the season in red hot form – providing five assists in his first seven games – but since coming back from a long-term injury before Christmas, Isgrove has struggled to chain together a series of consistently high performances as Town moved to the top of League Two.

By his own admissions the Wales international has not been up to scratch often enough in recent weeks, but the 27-year-old remains adamant that his form will turn around soon.

He said: “Having been promoted and having played at a higher level is not extra pressure, it’s a different team and a different league.

“That’s not the pressure I feel from anyone else, I’m just putting pressure on myself to perform well.”