AFTER securing the signature of striker Andy Sandell, Melksham Town manager Kieran Baggs says the decision over his long-term future remains with Chippenham Town.

The 35-year-old frontman agreed to link up with Baggs at the InfiLED Arena on a one-month loan deal at the end of last week.

The former Newport County man could remain with the Southern League side for a longer period of time as long as both clubs and the player are all happy.

While that is something Baggs would like to see happen, he admits it isn’t entirely up to him if the striker stays.

“If everyone is happy with it (it might be extended). I know Chippenham are still winning and if they pick up no injuries, then I guess the opportunity will be there,” he said.

“But the ball will firmly be in Chippenham’s court. He is their player and we will respect any decision they make.

“In training, he has looked fine. When he’s been in the gym with me, he said he’s got a bit sloppy with his own personal training.

“He’s been in to sort that out, and for a 35-year-old, he is in great physical condition. I don’t think there will be anything wrong with his fitness but his match sharpness might take him one or two games.”

Baggs says he couldn’t quite believe Sandell was being linked with Melksham, let alone for him to be at his disposal.

However, the Town boss admits it may be a while until the fans see the best of the former Football League striker.

“To be honest, when his name was being thrown around, I never thought it was going to be a possibility,” added Baggs.

“He seems really excited just to come and play some football and he has only had good things to say to me.

“He’s trained with the squad twice already and he’s been doing bits on his own too so he has still got that hunger there.

“Andy was desperate to play, he wanted a short-term loan to get some football. Chippenham and Melksham came to an agreement over the deal and the wages and everyone is happy.

“I think it says a lot about him as a person that he is willing to drop down and just play, rather than sit on the bench at Chippenham.

“I’m sure he’ll have a good month with us and go back to Chippenham raring to go.”