Before I left the car on Saturday and make my way to the County Ground I was listening to an interview on BBC Wiltshire featuring Swindon Town owner and chairman Lee Power, and he was pretty adamant we wouldn’t see Eoin Doyle back in a Swindon Town shirt this season.
Fast-forward to 7.30 am on Tuesday and the always reliable BBC Wilts Sport on Twitter announce Eoin Doyle would not feature for Bradford in their midweek game, and he’s expected to leave the Yorkshire club before the end of the transfer window. Suddenly there’s a glimmer of hope that we would see the Ginger Pele once again wearing the red and white of Swindon Town.
It’s the sort of moment where you don’t want to get your hopes up to much as over the years many different transfers haven’t always worked out, but thankfully yesterday after every Town fan had been constantly refreshing Twitter all day the news came we had signed the in-form striker on a permanent deal until the end of the season for an undisclosed fee.
Cue the huge outpouring of relief and joy across social media as every Swindon Town fan in one voice celebrated like a winning goal in front of the Town End.
After five years of huge negativity surrounding the club at every turn, it’s great to see such a positive atmosphere around the club, and that’s come about because of the work put in by Lee Power, Paul Jewell, Richie Wellens and our talented squad of players.
This week the Town faithful also had the exciting news that Jerry Yates had returned to Swindon on loan after his original loan deal was cut short by Rotherham United manager Paul Warne last week.
This deal didn’t come as a huge surprise as Richie Wellens strongly hinted after last Saturday’s game that the talented striker would be returning to SN1 after covering an injury for his parent club.
Out of all the transfer window’s we’ve witnessed as Town fans over the years this particular window is by far one of the most successful as we’ll end January with both Yates and Doyle leading the line, Anthony Grant making his stay a permanent one along with the brilliant Paul Caddis.
We’ve seen a new centre-back arrive in Rarmani Edmonds-Green on loan from Huddersfield, and he’s impressed in his first few games, especially last weekend against Port Vale where he looked calm and composed with the ball at his feet.
And to top it off we’ve seen two more additions added to the clubs already talented front line as Admiral Muskwe arrives from Leicester City on loan and Hallam Hope joins the club for an undisclosed fee from Carlisle United.
The former Everton man hasn’t set League Two alight so far this season as he’s done in previous campaign’s but there is no doubt the talent he possesses as his goal-scoring return over the last few years testifies.
Not much is know about our recruit from the Foxes but he comes very highly rated from his parent club as he’s impressed in Premier League 2 with his tally into double figures for the season, let’s see how he adapts to life in the Football League when he’s given his professional debut at some point this season.
In the past, I’ve been quick to criticise our owner and chairman Lee Power for the way the club went backward for a few years thanks to his decision making, but he’s admitted he’s made a few mistakes but he deserves huge credit for the way he’s turned the situation around by bringing in the right manager in Richie Wellens and hiring a man of Paul Jewell’s caliber within the game as Director of Football, and not only hiring them, but fully trusting in their vision for the club.
As I mentioned previously they all deserve huge credit for how this season has so far progressed by signing some talented players, something that had been lacking in the previous two campaigns in League Two.
When the signing of Hallam Hope was announced I doubted the chairman would put his hand in his pocket and fund the possible returns of Yates and Doyle, but not only that he fund the permanent deals of Grant and Caddis. Not many football chairmen manage to turn around such a dire situation regarding his popularity and the mess we found ourselves in on the pitch but thankfully he seems to have turned the tide.
Back to the action on the pitch and Town face a big challenge this weekend as second place Exeter City visits Wiltshire wanting to put a huge dampener on the current mood at the County Ground.
Going by early ticket sales this game will be the highest attendance of the season at the County Ground as every Town fan looks to see the return of Doyle and Yates, to sing their hearts out and witness Town potentially go five points clear at the top of the table.
I’d also encourage all Town fans to bring along their Swindon scarfs and help create a superb atmosphere before kick-off and show Richie Wellens’ side they’ll have huge support going into the last few months of this exciting season.