TOP goalscorer Luke Norris reflected on Swindon Town’s failed play-off charge with a hint of frustration after undergoing a successful shoulder operation.

Norris dislocated his shoulder four times throughout the course of the campaign, the last of those incidents coming in Town’s 1-1 draw at Crawley Town on Easter Monday.

It meant the 24-year-old missed Town’s final six games of the season, a spell in which Phil Brown’s side registered just six points when more than double that figure was required for them to book a play-off spot in League Two.

But Norris believes it could’ve been a different story if he had the opportunity to continue his blossoming partnership with Marc Richards, who joined Swindon in the January transfer window.

Norris told BBC Wiltshire: “I think people can see myself and Marc had a good partnership.

“It’s sad we couldn’t stay together.

“I feel together we could’ve brought a lot to the remaining games, but that’s football and injuries come at the worst time.

“We’ve had a bit of rotten luck.”

Norris admitted himself he should’ve had the operation earlier in the season, suggesting his personal form could’ve been set higher had he done so.

The former Gillingham forward struck 13 times this season, averaging a goal in every two games played.

And now his sights are firmly set on returning to full strength for the start of Town’s pre-season campaign, which will start in two months’ time.

Norris said: “The surgery went well, it was a long time coming.

“I’ve needed it for a while. I should’ve had it early days but I tried my hardest to get through it and it showed sometimes.

“I’m happy it’s finally done so I can get back to 100 per cent now.

“It’s nice to still be top scorer, but it’s a bit of a downer the way the season has ended.

“We deserved more, and the fans deserved more too.”