SWINDON Town have every intention of extending Josh Lelan’s loan at the County Ground, provided he impresses during his initial one-month stay.
The Derby County centre-back joined up with the Robins earlier this week and was officially unveiled as a Town player on Wednesday after penning a deal which will tie him to the Wiltshire side until Saturday, August 23.
As the terms of the switch are termed as a youth loan, Swindon retain the right to extend Lelan’s time in SN1 until his 21st birthday. Given he is 19, Town manager Mark Cooper essentially has a month to figure out whether or not he wants the former England youth international in his squad long-term.
“It’s one that’s got a bit of flexibility about it,” Cooper told the Advertiser. “We’ve not brought him in just to look at him, we’ve brought him in to look at him and hopefully play him in the team.
“If we don’t get any players in we know we’ve already got one in the door already.“ Of Lelan’s attributes, Cooper said: “He’s very quick, he’s strong, he can play. He was one that was flagged up to us and we’ve taken him on for a month so we can have a real good look at him.
“He’s trained for two days, he’s a nice kid. He’s very fit, very strong, very good on the ball.”