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SWINDON TOWN: Archibald-Henville ready for hard work
6:00am Wednesday 27th June 2012 in Sport
PAOLO Di Canio continued his summer spending spree yesterday with the purchase of centre-back Troy Archibald-Henville from Exeter.
The 23-year-old, who turned down the offer of a new contract with the Grecians to make the move to the County Ground, has penned a two-year deal in Wiltshire and will meet up with his new teammates for pre-season training today.
Archibald-Henville - a former Tottenham trainee - becomes Di Canio’s seventh acquisition of the off-season.
The imposing defender expects to be pushed to his physical limits under Di Canio, saying: “The gaffer has said he wants me to work hard, but that’s a given for any player. I can’t wait to start.
“Hopefully it will be a good first season for me at Swindon and I am looking forward to starting with the lads at pre-season training.
“Having been promoted, I am sure the players here will be in good spirits and I am ready to work hard for my chance.
“I heard about the potential of a move to Swindon on holiday, but I gave it some thought and it’s a good career move for me.
“There is competition for places here but I am willing to work for my position.”
Although he had come to the end of his contract with Exeter, Archibald-Henvillle will still command a fee as he is aged under 24.
Meanwhile, Town’s players return to Swindon today following their summer breaks for the first day of an intensive and demanding pre-season programme.
The Robins are set to jet off on their tour of Italy on Sunday, but before that manager Di Canio and his backroom staff will put their troops through rigourous physical tests to determine what needs to be achieved between now and the resumption of competitive football in August.
Finally, Town’s trip to Preston in September has been moved back 24 hours.
The fixture was originally due to be played on Saturday, September 1 but will now take place on Sunday, September 2 with a 3pm kick-off.
The reason behind the change of date revolves around a clash with the opening weekend of the Preston Guild in the Lancashire town.
Following consultation with Lancashire Police and Preston City Council, it was agreed to shift the clash.