SWINDON Town head coach Scott Lindsey insists the club will bring in more senior players after a spate of youngsters were signed during his first week in the job.

18-year-old Oscar Massey was the first new face to arrive at the County Ground, and he was followed by 22-year-old Tyrese Shade, 21-year-old Sol Brynn, and 20-year-old Reece Devine.

More signings are expected next week, and the new Town boss says it will be important to mix experience with youthful exuberance if the club is to be successful once again.

Lindsey said: “I think the club had an average age of 23 last season which, I think, was the second lowest in the football league. The football club can be really proud of that.

“That’s the route I want to go down this season, I want to build on that again.

“There will be experienced players coming in because I think you have to have that blend, but ultimately if we want to play a brand of football that we do and we want to produce our own players, I think it’s better for the football club in the long run that we go down this route.”

While there have been several incomings in the last week, one or two important players also turned down new contracts to follow former head coach Ben Garner to Charlton Athletic.

Lindsey revealed he was asked to join Garner at The Valley, but a deal was never close to being agreed for his services.

He said: “It never got that far in terms of me having my bags packed or anything like that.

“Ben (Garner) made it quite clear to me that he wanted me to come with him, but it never got that far.

“There were ongoing talks about it, but once Swindon made it quite clear that they wanted me as the head coach there was no decision to be made.”

Following Garner’s confirmed exit, Town took almost a fortnight to officially appoint Lindsey as his replacement.

The 50-year-old said he was taking some time away when he was approached by Town about the possibility of taking the top job.

Lindsey said: “I’d gone on my holidays and went on a course at St George’s Park, and there was no contact from Swindon.

“I left them to make a decision themselves, and then Sandro (Di Michele) spoke to me and made it clear what their intentions were.

“That’s when the ball started rolling, but I never threw my hat in the ring initially.”