DAVID Flitcroft hopes forward Kaiyne Woolery is starting to reap the rewards for his patience after the former Wigan man notched for the third time this season last week.

Woolery struck in the first half of last Friday night’s home clash with Colchester and although the contest ended in another home reverse for Swindon Town the manager believes his frontman has taken significant steps forward.

The 22-year-old, arguably Town’s most eye-catching summer signing, had made only six league starts before the start of last month but after a fine showing in the Checkatrade Trophy win at Bristol Rovers in early November has since started three of the last five.

Woolery has often found his route into the starting XI blocked by the likes of Luke Norris, Harry Smith, Keshi Anderson and Paul Mullin, but Flitcroft reckons he is getting to grips with the demands of Town’s playing system.

“It is not as though he has had a difficult start, it is just early season with the form of Luke Norris and Paul Mullin scoring goals, I was quite happy with the way they were turning out,’’ said the manager.

“Kaiyne has been training well, he has stuck with it and he looked quite proactive on his goal (against Colchester) and put it away quite well.

“He looked threatening as well against Forest Green (in the Checkatrade Trophy) when he came on.

“Things are certainly sinking in and he has probably had a touch more game time than he has of late and hopefully the goals will flow."