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Pack still open to Swindon switch
CHELTENHAM midfielder Marlon Pack has insisted he is still interested in a move to Swindon Town, but is more confused than ever about where his future lies.
The playmaker saw a move to the County Ground fall through on transfer deadline day due to the Football League not being willing to ratify new signings at Town, but had been expected to finalise his move once the takeover by Jed McCrory’s consortium was completed.
The Advertiser now understands Bournemouth, Derby and Charlton have all shown an interest in the 21-year-old, while current boss Mark Yates revealed after the Robins’ game with Southend on Tuesday he wants to keep his star player until the end of the season.
Pack has heard nothing of any interest from clubs other than Swindon and still expected the move to go ahead before Yates’ comments, and when asked by the Advertiser if he would still be open to a switch to Wiltshire he said: “Of course I am, I just don’t really know what is going to happen.
“I never said I wanted to leave Cheltenham, but the deal that was in place was good for everyone really. I am still contracted to them and I just want to play football.
“I want to play higher, and I have always said that to Cheltenham, and I think there would be a problem if you are happy to play in League Two all my career.
“My agent hasn’t really spoken to me about other clubs because it has been a tough two weeks, and maybe the first day or so my head was all over the place and I just had to get on with things.
“Until last night I think I was still expecting it to go ahead, but we will see now.”
Pack admitted the day his move to Swindon fell through was one of the strangest of his career so far, but it hasn’t tarnished his opinion of the club he could still join.
“I was at the County Ground at 12 and I think I was there for about eight hours doing things, and it wasn’t simple,” he said.
“Then I left and went home to try and get some sleep, and I got a phone call at 11.30pm saying it hadn’t gone through, so it was a very hectic and weird day.
“Since then it’s been a difficult situation to be in, not knowing what is happening. At the end of the day I just want to play football.
“I am good friends with Matt (Ritchie) and he has had nothing but positive things to say about Swindon, and as a team they are doing very well again this season and have a massive chance of being promoted to the Championship.”
Meanwhile, Town manager Paolo Di Canio has been nominated for the League One Manager of the Month award for January.
The Italian has been shortlisted along with Walsall boss Dean Smith and Yeovil Town’s Gary Johnson.
Keeper Wes Foderingham has been nominated for the Player of the Month award, having only conceded one goal during January and saved a penalty against Shrewsbury.
The winners will be announced tomorrow.