SWINDON Town has announced Rene Gilmartin as the club's new assistant manager.

Gilmartin recently spent time as Bristol City U23's assistant while also fulfilling the role of goalkeeping coach for the Republic of Ireland's U21 set-up.

The Dublin-born coach becomes the first appointment by new Swindon Town manager, John McGreal to his fledgling backroom team.

The 34-year-old former goalkeeper played for McGreal at Colchester United between 2017-19, featuring 22 times throughout the 2018-19 campaign.

Speaking to Swindon Town club media, McGreal said of his new assistant: “I know what type of character he is. Very, very hard working, studious of the game, and a throughly professional coach.”

“I know all the attributes that he’ll bring as a coach and as a person. It’s the trust factor as well, I know he’s someone that will get the best out of the squad and the staff in and around him as well.”

Gilmartin began his playing career in 2005 after joining then League One side Walsall. The Irishman played three times in his debut season before failing to make another appearance for the Saddlers in the year that followed.

Keen to become a coach from early on in his playing career, Gilmartin completed his UEFA B coaching licence in April 2008 following loan spells at Worcester City and Hednesford Town.

Still searching for regular first-team football, Gilmartin joined Watford on a two-year contract in 2010, though he would only play twice before signing for Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2012.

With a fleeting stay at St Patrick's in Ireland and another spell at Watford behind him, the 6'5 goalkeeper joined Colchester under McGreal in 2017. 

Gilmartin faced Town five times throughout his 88-game playing career, conceding six goals and keeping just the one clean sheet. Despite that, he was only on the winning side twice while losing once.