Promising partnership excites Jack

On-loan Town defender Jack Stephens

On-loan Town defender Jack Stephens

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

JACK Stephens is looking forward to linking up with his friend Jordan Turnbull at the heart of Swindon Town’s defence.

The two Southampton defenders have played in the same youth teams for the last few years and are firm pals off the pitch. Turnbull even took to Twitter last night after the deal was confirmed to share his delight at Stephens coming back to Swindon.

Ronald Koeman had included Stephens in a couple of matchday squads since the start of the season, making the 20-year-old’s arrival at Town look unlikely. The arrivals of Toby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane, plus the retention of Morgan Schneiderlin, at St Mary’s, meant that the Southampton boss had cover at the central defensive and holding midfielder roles Stephens can play in, thus freeing the England youth international up for a return to SN1.

Stephens was happy to be back and is hoping to build on the experience he gained at the County Ground last season.

“Me and Jordan have played together for three or four years now and we’ve got a really good relationship on and off the pitch, he said.

“The last step is to play league football together and keep building on that relationship. Hopefully we can progress together.

“I spoke to Jordan after very game, most days as well I text him, he’s been speaking very highly of the football club. It’s no surprise to me really, it’s exactly what I told him before he came.

“I was at Southampton’s training ground from about 9.45pm (on Tuesday), then it started getting closer and closer. There were times I thought they might not get it over the line but I’m delighted that they did. I’m just happy to be here.”

Stephens was not aware of any other offers being made for him and seemed pretty set that if he was going to be sent out on loan from the South Coast he would be coming to Swindon, adding: “Obviously there’s been interest from the football club, at Swindon, and from my point of view. I know that Southampton been very keen to me bring me here.

“I didn’t know of any other interest, or anything like that. I know that Southampton are very happy I’m here, Swindon are happy and I’m happy, that’s the main thing.

“It was brilliant (last season). It was exactly what I needed, to get out get some games and we got some good results. I’m hoping to get some even better results this season.”

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6:00am Wed 3 Sep 14

tractorski-red says...

Welcome back Jack, glad to have you back, looking forward to seeing this partnership in action.
Welcome back Jack, glad to have you back, looking forward to seeing this partnership in action. tractorski-red
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7:54am Wed 3 Sep 14

subbuteoles says...

I,ll 2nd that. Glad to have you back at STFC Jack. Eating all that humble pie yesterday i must have put a fair bit of weight on!. COYRs.
I,ll 2nd that. Glad to have you back at STFC Jack. Eating all that humble pie yesterday i must have put a fair bit of weight on!. COYRs. subbuteoles
  • Score: 9

8:16am Wed 3 Sep 14

old town robin says...

Two good signings, I think we've got the best goal keeper in div 1, the best midfield, potentially the best defenders and the forwards we will have to wait and see how it is going to pan out, but if we keep the goals against to a minimum I'm sure they'll grow in confidence up front and get on the end of the chances we create.

Nice also we have others chipping in like Branco with a few goals, can't remember the last time we had a defender score from a corner, I think Wardy scored 1, but Flinty was the last one who I can remember always got one or two.
Two good signings, I think we've got the best goal keeper in div 1, the best midfield, potentially the best defenders and the forwards we will have to wait and see how it is going to pan out, but if we keep the goals against to a minimum I'm sure they'll grow in confidence up front and get on the end of the chances we create. Nice also we have others chipping in like Branco with a few goals, can't remember the last time we had a defender score from a corner, I think Wardy scored 1, but Flinty was the last one who I can remember always got one or two. old town robin
  • Score: 10

2:31pm Wed 3 Sep 14

you gots ta be kidding me says...

This guy is the real deal, he made a massive difference for us last year and if he does the same this year who knows where we can finish, I think he is the signing of the summer for me.
This guy is the real deal, he made a massive difference for us last year and if he does the same this year who knows where we can finish, I think he is the signing of the summer for me. you gots ta be kidding me
  • Score: 1

2:21am Thu 4 Sep 14

smirg kcab says...

Catch my flip flops in England
# stfc legend
Catch my flip flops in England # stfc legend smirg kcab
  • Score: 0
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