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Are these three positions the key to Swindon’s return to form next season?

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Swindon Town endured a disappointing campaign in the 2015/16 season. After losing to Preston North End in the Play off final at Wembley the season before, Town fans were optimistic that the club would be able to challenge for Championship football again this season. They weren’t able to replicate their success, finishing a lowly 16th place. Many of the Robins faithful felt this was down to the activity in the transfer window in the summer of 2015. The club sold a number of key players from the play off final team the season before, including: Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin to Queens Park Rangers, Nathan Byrne to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wes Foderingham to Rangers and Andy Williams to Doncaster Rovers.

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As a result it was apparent there were funds available to invest in a new core of players for the squad, something that is key to succeeding in the Football League. By the time the summer transfer window had shut however, only one player was bought into the club for a fee; Jordan Stewart from Glentoran for a fee of £50,000. Plenty of signings had been bought in on loan or a free transfer, some of whom came with plenty of promise and potential. But for Swindon fans this showed the lack of ambition from Chairman, Lee Power. After receiving £3.5 million for Luongo and Gladwin, £1 million for Byrne and selling Foderingham and Williams, who were on infamously high wages for a League One team, it was clear that very little of this money had gone into purchasing new players.

As their finishing position indicates, a lot of the signings made in the previous transfer window didn’t quite work as well as hoped for The Robins. There were of course some bright sparks, most notably Nicky Ajose who scored 23 goals in all competitions. However to avoid the same mistakes as last summer, and in a bid to try push for promotion from League One once again, Swindon should look at investing money into the following positions…

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