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SWINDON TOWN: Massimo signing 'a fantastic statement'
MARK Cooper has called the permanent acquisition of Massimo Luongo “a fantastic statement” by the Swindon Town board.
Luongo penned a three-year deal in Wiltshire on Saturday night and will command a £400,000 transfer fee as he moves from Tottenham, a signing which has gone down well with the vast majority of Robins supporters.
And Cooper thinks the news proves that Town have a serious plan in place to challenge at the top of League One this term.
“It’s a fantastic statement by the board,” he told the Advertiser. “I think we’ve mentioned all along that if the right young players come along then there will be money to get them.
“It’s all about sustainability. You don’t have to go out and get experience players that are going to cost you big, big money.
“You can still get players who have still got a long time ahead of them career-wise, and who will fit into what what we want to do.
“As a manager or a coach you’d always want more.
“You always want luxuries and you look at teams like Wolves and how many top-quality players they’ve got for this level.
“What we’ve got are young boys who are so keen and so eager to further their careers and do well and I think that’s special.”
Cooper explained the rationale in allowing centre-back Troy Archibald-Henville to join Carlisle on loan for a month, stating that first-team football at Brunton Park would be the quickest way to get the former Exeter man back to full match fitness.
There is no recall clause in the defender’s loan agreement in Cumbria, meaning Town now have only Raphael Rossi Branco and Jay McEveley as back up in the middle of defence, but Cooper isn’t worried.
He said: “We had to decide whether we kept him and relied on the development games to get him fit and although they’re good, they’re not like a real game, or send him out.
“With the start the two centre-backs have had we decided between us that it would do him good to play five or six games in the month and then when he comes back if anything is amiss he’ll be ready to go straight in.
“I trust the players. I think they’ll be fine.
“If we have as much of the ball as we have had then sometimes you don’t have to do loads of defending.”
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