SWINDON Town will not let go of any of their star players as long as Paolo Di Canio is manager, according to Alan McCormack.

After claiming the League Two title in style, the Robins now have their eyes set on conquering League One when competitive football resumes in August.

The stunning achievements of the Town squad over the past 10 months are likely to have drawn the attention of several clubs higher up the league ladder but, with Di Canio and his players targeting back-to-back promotions, McCormack is convinced Swindon’s prized assets will remain in Wiltshire this summer.

“I don’t think the gaffer will ever allow the board to sell his players so I think, when the start’s there and you’ve got a manager so defiant in keeping his players, it goes a long way and it does have a great impact on the club - and the fans see the club want to go places,” he told the Advertiser.

“I think the core of the squad will stay the same, I think it needs to stay the same.

“We need to keep our main players at this club and if we can do that we can get better, and I’m sure the gaffer’s got players he wants to bring in.

“Every team wants to get stronger and stronger and we’re not different to any other club so I’m sure he’s got a list of targets that he wants but, if we can keep the main strengths here and add a bit more quality, we’ve got a great chance next year.”

Following a superb debut season in the red of Swindon, McCormack himself has no intention of moving on any time soon.

The Irishman is settled in the area and wants to be part of another special season at the County Ground.

“I’m just here a year, I’ve had a very good year so I’ve got to get better and put in improved performances next year,” he said.

“If I can continue to do what I’ve done over the last year and improve next year it’ll hopefully help the team become a better team.”