LOUIS Thompson has said that this season has “surpassed all expectations” - on both a personal level and on the part of the Swindon Town squad as a whole.

Thompson, a product of the club’s youth academy, has enjoyed a breakthrough year in the professional game. The 19-year-old has made 37 appearances for the Robins, scoring crucial goals against Sheffield United and Brentford.

Having begun the campaign with a target of between 10 and 15 run-outs for the first team in mind, Thompson is understandably thrilled by the progress he’s made.

He said: “It’s surpassed my own expectations and my family’s expectations quite considerably. I think the team has surpassed their expectations as well. On the whole, seventh or eighth or wherever we finish, I think it’s been a great season for the boys.

“We were thrown together pretty late and I think we’ve mustered up a bit of character. We’ve gone on one of the best runs we’ve been on for a while.

“Personally it was to play about 10 to 15 games this season - whether it was off the bench or starting, it didn’t really matter. I think I’ve done that in starts alone this season so I’m absolutely buzzing about how it’s gone. It couldn’t have gone any better and I’m just hoping for the same again next season.

“Goals I was waiting for until next season. I’m not a profound goalscorer, that’s for sure, but I’ll take every goal as it comes.”