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Connell & Cox complete moves
THE FUTURES of Alan Connell and Lee Cox were resolved yesterday as the duo left the County Ground for pastures new.
The two players were told they were surplus to requirements at Swindon Town towards the end of last month and have been meeting with other clubs in recent weeks to try to iron out moves away from Wiltshire.
Those negotiations came to a head on Friday, as Connell made the switch to Bradford while Cox joined Oxford.
Connell, who was Town’s top scorer with 13 goals last term, was the highest profile casualty of Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio’s plans for League One domination.
Although he became a fans’ favourite at the County Ground during his solitary season in the red of Town, Connell was advised he would not be part of Di Canio’s thinking in 2012/13 and he has now penned a two-year deal at Valley Parade.
Meanwhile, midfielder Cox has agreed a loan deal at Oxford. The former Inverness man only arrived in Swindon in January on a two-and-a-half-year contract but played just seven times for the Robins during the second half of last term.
He will remain with the U’s until January.
Another player set to depart SN1 is Jonathan Smith, who the Advertiser understands is poised to rejoin former club York.
Like Connell, Smith played more than 40 times for Town in all competitions last term after arriving at from York for a fee in the region of £30,000 12 months ago.
However, he was told he would not figure in the upcoming League One campaign and, as predicted in the Advertiser a fortnight ago, the 25-year-old is expected to return to his old side.
Finally, as revealed by the Advertiser yesterday, Town’s former youth team player Harry Grant has been offered professional terms at Sheffield Wednesday.
The midfielder, who was not handed a deal by the Robins in the spring, has received a two-year deal at Hillsborough.
Grant was a product of Swindon’s youth development system, making his way through the ranks under the watchful eyes of Paul Bodin and Jeremy Newton.
Grant took to Twitter last night to confirm the news, writing: “Over the moon to say I've been offered my first professional contract at Sheffield Wednesday Fc.
“Would like to say thank u to my family and friends for helping me get this far. Another journey begins.”