EOIN Doyle was in Gary Bowyer’s office on a daily basis asking to leave Bradford City and return to Swindon Town, the Irishman has revealed.

Ahead of Doyle’s hugely anticipated return to the field in a Town shirt on Saturday when Exeter visit, the 31-year-old admitted that his heart was never in the game during his four-game spell with the Bantams after he was re-called from his loan stint with Town earlier this month.

Doyle knew himself on New Year’s Day that his appearance at Plymouth was always going to be his final appearance for Town as a loan player – that didn’t stop him scoring his 23rd goal in 22 games for Swindon, though.

Doyle said: “I went into New Year’s Day knowing that would probably be my last in a Swindon shirt – though still tried my best to not make it happen.

“Bradford were keen to get me back for their own reasons, but I’m glad it is sorted now.

“My time at Bradford wasn’t the best. They knew I didn’t want to go back, but it’s not like I didn’t try for them.

“My heart wasn’t in it – the first thing I’d check when I got back in the changing room would be the Swindon result.

“I was in the manager’s office most days asking to leave.”

Despite being hugely disappointed that his former parent club went against his wish to keep him at Swindon for the rest of the season, Doyle hopes Gary Bowyer’s side will win promotion in company with Town come late April.

He also wished the Bantams the very best for the future, but accepted playing with the quality of attacking players Richie Wellens has assembled is something he just couldn’t miss out on.

He said: “The best situation for me would be that Bradford go up as well as us.

“I think they have a chance of doing that. It wasn’t easy for me being back there, and they could sense that – I think that’s why the deal got done in the end.

“I wish them all the best and hope they go up, but I want us to go up earlier.

“For me, playing up front in a team like Swindon is heaven. The talent in the squad, especially in our attacking players, makes it a privilege to play alongside them.”