SWINDON Town has announced on-loan winger Alex Gilbert has been recalled by parent club Brentford with immediate effect.

The 20-year-old arrived on deadline day in August and was hailed as the missing piece of the puzzle by the Town coaching staff, however, he played just 12 times in total while notching two assists and failing to score.

Undoubtedly possessing talent, Gilbert's debut at Stevenage was one to remember as he played with a confidence which helped to drag Town back into the game before Jack Payne's injury-time penalty snatched a point at the Lamex Stadium.

The Bees winger failed to reach those heights again though, appearing devoid of confidence near the end of his disappointing loan spell.

In a short statement on Swindon's website, the club said: "We thank Alex for his effort and endeavours during his stay with us, and we wish him the very best of luck for the future."

Gilbert's return to Brentford is expected to lead to Harry Parsons returning to the County Ground as cover while a replacement is sorted out.

Swindon are thought to be in the hunt for Aston Villa's Louie Barry, a player who saw his loan spell at Ipswich Town cut short after playing just six times in all competitions since the start of the season.

Currently, Swindon have four loanees following the recent arrival of Crystal Palace centre-back, Jake O'Brien.