NATHAN Thompson has revealed that leaving Swindon Town was never in his mind after putting pen to paper on a new contract at the County Ground.

As reported by the Advertiser back in April, Nathan and his brother Louis were both offered two-year deals by Town which were agreed in principle over a week ago and signed yesterday afternoon.

In the interim, the full-back has been the subject of immense speculation, linking him to a number of other clubs.

The Adver understands several Championship sides showed interest in the defender although no offer of a contract elsewhere was forthcoming. However, even if it had, Nathan would have chosen to remain in Wiltshire where he has been for most of his life.

When asked if there was any consideration given to moving on this summer, he said: “Not at all. This is where I want to be, I’m settled here, I’m happy and comfortable and last year was the first time I really established myself.

“I’ve only got 30 games to my name so to move on right now would have been senseless.

“It’s a club that I’ve been at since I was 12 so as soon as the manager told me that he wanted me to stay for next season it was the first thing I wanted to do, to sign a new contract here, and I’m absolutely made up.

“It was just a case of everyone being here. I was out of the country, Jed was out of the country so it was a case of crossing ships. But we’re all here now and it’s wrapped up by the beginning of June and I’m made up with that.

“Sometimes change is good. In lower league football you see players move on all the time but to have youngsters in and around, fresh, raring to go and wanting to play for the club is a good sign.

“With the manager we’ve got in place I don’t see why we can’t push for promotion next season as well.”

The 22-year-old caused a bit of a stir on Twitter on Wednesday when he tweeted a picture of a pile of cardboard boxes with the caption “hate packing #new beginnings”.

However, he and Louis are in the process of moving into a new property in Swindon and fans’ concerns could be quickly quelled.

“I’m moving out again,” he said. “Property-wise I’ve had one after another and been a little bit unsettled in that sense but hopefully now with the property we’ve got we can stay there a little bit longer and we don’t have to pack up again.

“I didn’t mean to cause any anxiety. Lou’s going to move in with us and it’s going to be good going into the new season settled.

“They (the fans) are the people on the side of the pitch cheering your name and that is the best feeling ever. There have been a couple of times last season when I was injured and I was walking off and they’d be singing and it was something else so to make them happy and sign a new contract here is great.”

An ankle injury kept the right-back out of the League One play-offs last term and he is determined to ensure he has not missed out on the chance to take his club up into the Championship.

“It made me sick missing out when we were in the play-offs - it was the best feeling and then when we got to Brentford not quite reaching our full potential,” he said.

“Without doubt it gives me the drive and that little bit of hunger to push on next season and get promotion.

“We’ve got a manager who’s all about developing youngsters, so the youngsters who are coming through and the youngsters who are brought in from other clubs know they are in great hands and the top teams will be happy to send their youngsters here.

“Aside from that it’ll be couple with experience in the right places when it’s needed. It’s a club I’ve wanted to stay at and I’m sure there will be plenty of others who want to play for the team. With that sort of chemistry I see no reason why we can’t get promoted.”