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SWINDON TOWN: We'll stay until May
DANNY Hollands and Chris Martin are both keen to stay with Swindon Town for the rest of the season.
Hollands followed Martin yesterday in signing a 28-day extension to his spell at the County Ground, keeping him in Wiltshire until Saturday, February 2, but the future of the pair beyond that still remains unclear.
Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio wants to retain the duo’s services as he looks to guide his side to promotion from League One, but a longer stay for either player will depend on other members of the Robins’ squad being shipped out.
Paul Benson is set to be offloaded, with Cheltenham understood to be a front-runner for the forward’s signature after Crawley boss Richie Barker denied any interest in the 33-year-old yesterday, while Lee Cox and Luke Rooney could also be shown the exit door.
Should Di Canio manage to get rid of those individuals he deems surplus to requirements, the money would be available to keep Hollands and Martin at the County Ground for the rest of the term. And that is an opportunity that would appeal to both players.
After signing his new deal with Town, Hollands told the local media: “I’m just here and focused on being a Swindon Town player until the end of the season - that’s what I want to do. I want to help them do something very good like they did last season.”
Meanwhile, Martin said: “It’s nice to get the deal done to stay here for that length of time but hopefully also longer term than that, hopefully for the rest of the season if that’s possible.”
John Bostock, however, has gone back to Tottenham at the end of his loan spell with Swindon. The midfielder’s return to White Hart Lane does not rule out a potential return later in the January window, although that appears unlikely.
Miles Storey has returned to training with the first-team squad after recovering from a knee injury. The England Under 19 international is not believed to be back to full fitness just yet.
Finally, Town's trip to Colchester United has been rearranged for Tuesday, February 5.
The game was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 29 but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
The match will kick-off at 7.45pm and tickets purchased for the original date will still be valid.