A POSSIBLE move for trialist goalkeeper Ted Smith has stalled, with Richie Wellens now prioritising the capture of a winger and a striker that can complement top scorer Jerry Yates.

Less than three weeks remain in this summer’s transfer window, and the Swindon Town boss has made his intentions to introduce at least three fresh faces clear before the deadline.

Wellens suffered a blow last week when winger Diallang Jaiyesimi – who signed on loan from Norwich City on the eve of the new EFL season – twisted his ankle in training, ruling him out for at least nine weeks.

Replacing Jaiyesimi is something Wellens is keen to accomplish before transfer deadline day on September 2 – and therefore recruiting a fourth goalkeeper is no longer entirely necessary.

“We’re very happy with Luke (McCormick). We’ve played two and won two with him,” said Wellens.

“We would like another goalkeeper, but if it doesn’t happen then we can only keep trying.

“Is a goalkeeper my priority at the moment? Probably not.

“I’m a big believer that if you rush in and make decisions then you’re stuck with a player on a one or two-year contract. I want us to get the right players in, even if that means waiting a bit longer.”

Only one substitution was made by Wellens during Saturday’s 3-2 win over Carlisle United, with Scott Twine coming on in the final minute to replace Lloyd Isgrove.

Tyler Reid, Adam May, Will Henry, Jermaine McGlashan, Daniel Ballard and Taylor Curran therefore remained on the bench.

With Wellens frustrated by his side’s defensive display against Chelsea U21s last week in the EFL Trophy, it’s likely a different XI will be fielded this evening when Town travel to Colchester United in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Wellens said: “When you make substitutions, you do them to change the game. Did I need to change the game?

“Every time we attacked, we looked like scoring. And Carlisle weren’t really a threat, apart from the goals they scored.

“You only make substitutions if you see things on the pitch that you’re not happy with, or spot things that aren’t working.

“Everything about our play from the first minute was good. We made two slight errors for the goals, but we created loads of chances.”