Rodgers is promising personality on the ball in Town's midfield

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: New Swindon Town midfielder Anton Rodgers New Swindon Town midfielder Anton Rodgers

MIDFIELDER Anton Rodgers has promised personality on the ball after becoming Swindon Town’s first summer signing.

As reported by the Advertiser on Tuesday, Rodgers put pen to paper with the Robins on Monday and joined Mark Cooper’s men at their boot camp in Hampshire during the week, playing against Petersfield and Eastleigh before Town formally announced his arrival yesterday.

After the 2-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Eastleigh last, Rodgers told the local media what he hopes to bring to the club and his thoughts on fighting his way into the starting line-up past the likes of Massimo Luongo, Yaser Kasim and Louis Thompson.

“They’re all fantastic players and it’s going to be healthy competition,” he said. “That’s what football is about, it’s about competitiveness and I’m looking forward to it. It’s about training hard, working every day and when you get your place you take it.

“I’m good on the ball, I like to set the play up and try to get the boys playing. I try to encourage the boys to keep playing. It’s just personality on the ball.”

The son of Liverpool boss Brendan, he was released by Oldham at the end of last season, having rarely featured for the Latics in League One. He made 14 appearances for the Boundary Park side following his arrival last summer.

Previously, the 21-year-old came through the ranks at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he trained under Town assistant coach Luke Williams and alongside the likes of Yaser Kasim, George Barker and Raphael Rossi Branco.

Rodgers’s introduction to life as a Swindon player was a trip to the Thorney Island navy camp for four days of intense training.

He said: “I actually went on one last season so I thought I’d avoided it this season. It’s been great to be fair. It’s straight in with the lads and I’ve got my initiation out of the way as well, which is good.

“We came out looking at the camp as a positive thing.”

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6:46am Fri 18 Jul 14

stfclondon says...

Welcome on board.
Welcome on board. stfclondon
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7:31am Fri 18 Jul 14

Scouse Red says...

stfclondon wrote:
Welcome on board.
agreed, let's see what young Rodgers can do - couldn't be any worse than Harley!!
[quote][p][bold]stfclondon[/bold] wrote: Welcome on board.[/p][/quote]agreed, let's see what young Rodgers can do - couldn't be any worse than Harley!! Scouse Red
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7:55am Fri 18 Jul 14

SN1Red says...

Scouse Red wrote:
stfclondon wrote:
Welcome on board.
agreed, let's see what young Rodgers can do - couldn't be any worse than Harley!!
Harley was a good player
[quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfclondon[/bold] wrote: Welcome on board.[/p][/quote]agreed, let's see what young Rodgers can do - couldn't be any worse than Harley!![/p][/quote]Harley was a good player SN1Red
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9:37am Fri 18 Jul 14

hertz says...

Welcome hope to see dad sat in the stands on occassions then , give LP chance to tap him up for a few loans ( players that is)
Welcome hope to see dad sat in the stands on occassions then , give LP chance to tap him up for a few loans ( players that is) hertz
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2:41pm Fri 18 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

SN1Red wrote:
Scouse Red wrote:
stfclondon wrote:
Welcome on board.
agreed, let's see what young Rodgers can do - couldn't be any worse than Harley!!
Harley was a good player
What game was that then?
[quote][p][bold]SN1Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfclondon[/bold] wrote: Welcome on board.[/p][/quote]agreed, let's see what young Rodgers can do - couldn't be any worse than Harley!![/p][/quote]Harley was a good player[/p][/quote]What game was that then? The Jockster
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2:46pm Fri 18 Jul 14

London Red says...

His Exeter ones Jock!
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WAS is the main word
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PS - I see we are now playing Bromley a week Sat - more game time added for our new loanees????
His Exeter ones Jock! . WAS is the main word . PS - I see we are now playing Bromley a week Sat - more game time added for our new loanees???? London Red
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4:17pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Swindon1984 says...

London Red wrote:
His Exeter ones Jock! . WAS is the main word . PS - I see we are now playing Bromley a week Sat - more game time added for our new loanees????
Expecting a report from your good self for that one!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: His Exeter ones Jock! . WAS is the main word . PS - I see we are now playing Bromley a week Sat - more game time added for our new loanees????[/p][/quote]Expecting a report from your good self for that one! Swindon1984
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4:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

oo-r-ya? says...

Whilst I'm pleased that we are signing players and he could be the Mass Type 2 we need, I'm a little concerned that he said he chose us because he wanted to get back down south nearer to home in Reading, Oldham didn't want him and he is just a sweetener to get Dad onside. Discuss.
Whilst I'm pleased that we are signing players and he could be the Mass Type 2 we need, I'm a little concerned that he said he chose us because he wanted to get back down south nearer to home in Reading, Oldham didn't want him and he is just a sweetener to get Dad onside. Discuss. oo-r-ya?
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4:34pm Fri 18 Jul 14

smirg kcab says...

London Red wrote:
His Exeter ones Jock!
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WAS is the main word
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PS - I see we are now playing Bromley a week Sat - more game time added for our new loanees????
The games for wilma to find his level.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: His Exeter ones Jock! . WAS is the main word . PS - I see we are now playing Bromley a week Sat - more game time added for our new loanees????[/p][/quote]The games for wilma to find his level. smirg kcab
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5:43pm Fri 18 Jul 14

London Red says...

oo-r-ya? wrote:
Whilst I'm pleased that we are signing players and he could be the Mass Type 2 we need, I'm a little concerned that he said he chose us because he wanted to get back down south nearer to home in Reading, Oldham didn't want him and he is just a sweetener to get Dad onside. Discuss.
Lots of factors go into players working at a club and being happy where you live is just one
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He also emphasised our style of play and the fact he knows a lot of players and our Assistant Manager as a factor in wanting to come here
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As for not working at Oldham - see Kasim at Luton and all the remarks about him this time last summer!
[quote][p][bold]oo-r-ya?[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm pleased that we are signing players and he could be the Mass Type 2 we need, I'm a little concerned that he said he chose us because he wanted to get back down south nearer to home in Reading, Oldham didn't want him and he is just a sweetener to get Dad onside. Discuss.[/p][/quote]Lots of factors go into players working at a club and being happy where you live is just one . He also emphasised our style of play and the fact he knows a lot of players and our Assistant Manager as a factor in wanting to come here . As for not working at Oldham - see Kasim at Luton and all the remarks about him this time last summer! London Red
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