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DAN THE FAN: Retiring Taylor needs to play a role in Town’s future

DAN THE FAN: Retiring Taylor needs to play a role in Town’s future


Swindon’s topsy-turvy season hit a rare high point on Saturday as Richie Wellens’ side easily dismantled hapless Morecambe in a convincing 4-0 win at the County Ground.

All four scorers, Theo Robinson, Kaiyne Woolery, Dion Conroy and Kyle Bennett should form a key role of Wellens’ side next season in League Two.

Re-signing Conroy to a new long term contract – with his current deal coming to an end soon – will be imperative for next season, as the centre back has been showing some superb form since he’s been given a long run in the first team, and while Woolery is under contract next season, it’ll be a case of warning off any potential interest in him from other clubs.

It’ll be interesting to see if we can sign both Robinson and Bennett on permanent deals when there loan deals come to an end in the summer.

With Theo Robinson’s contract at Southend expiring soon Town should be in a position to offer the 30-year-old striker a deal to stay at SN1, but with his parent club in serious danger of relegation from League One they may tempt him to stay and lead the line for them in League Two next season.

With Kyle Bennett’s deal at Bristol Rovers being undisclosed it’s difficult to know if Town would be in a position to offer him a contract, but if the opportunity presents itself to keep him in Wiltshire beyond this season, Town should take it without hesitation.

Saturday’s convincing home win wasn’t the only positive news last week as Swindon Borough Council agreed to sell the County Ground freehold to both the club itself and Trust STFC.

After many years of different owners wanting to buy the County Ground I’m thrilled and relieved this joint bid will secure our home for future generations and most importantly having the Supporters Trust and Town fans play a big role in it’s future.

Make sure you look out for more information on the community shares scheme when details are released in the coming months, as no Town fan will want to miss out on such an exciting opportunity.

It was also announced last week player/coach Matt Taylor will be retiring at the end of the season after a successful 20 year career, spending twelve seasons playing in the Premier League for Portsmouth, Bolton, West Ham and Burnley.

Ever since his arrival in 2017 it’s been a pleasure to watch the 37-year-old in action. Last season he was a revelation as he brought that much needed touch of class into the side and rightfully won Player of the Season.

Hopefully he will sign a new deal in the summer and stay on at the club as a coach as it would be stupid not to use his years of experience at the top of the game to help progress our current and future sides, it’s obvious he would become a vital part of Richie Wellens’ staff going forward.


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