THEO Robinson’s ability to score multiple goals in a short space of time could be the catalyst Swindon Town require to launch a late play-off bid, insists manager Richie Wellens.

Robinson was confirmed as Wellens’ ninth and final deadline day signing as the clock struck 11pm on Thursday night – ending a frantic day of business at the County Ground as Town added Cameron McGlip and Kyle Bennett to their ranks as well.

Fans have been calling for Town to sign a proven goalscorer for large parts of the season – mainly down to Marc Richards’ lengthy absence at the start of the season and Elijah Adebayo’s below-par form in front of goal prior to his move back to Fulham.

Wellens, who played with Robinson during his Championship days at Doncaster, hopes Robinson’s tendency to score in spurts can help Town climb the league ladder with games against Milton Keynes, Newport, Grimsby and Colchester awaiting.

He said: “I played with Theo (Robinson) in the Championship.

“He’s had a long career, a good career. He scores goals, but he is more than that.

“Right now, we’ve got Kaiyne Woolery, Marc Richards and Keshi Anderson that want to come to the ball and want the ball at their feet.

“Woolery is a bit different because he wants to turn with the ball.

“Theo will run through channels and I’m hoping that he will help create space for players while scoring a few goals as well.

“The biggest thing is that he can score in spurts – he can go through five or six games and score in all of them.

“We need someone to come in and give us a lift – score a lot of goals in a short space of time.”

A two-goal win for Exeter City on Saturday over Milton Keynes means Town are now 10 points short of the play-off frame with 16 fixtures remaining.

General trends in the league suggest 76 points will be required by teams to make the play-off cut.

And if that proves to be the case, Town will need to secure nine points out of every 12 to stand any chance of climbing into the division’s top seven.

Wellens added: “We’ve got him (Robinson) in with the hope that he can score us some quick goals. I don’t want the season to just drift from us and result in a mid-table finish.

“We’ve played 30 – won 10, drawn 10 and lost 10. With the run-in that we have got, I honestly believe we can give ourselves a chance at securing a play-off spot.”