ELLIS Iandolo says his primary focus this season is to start as many games as he can while helping Swindon Town achieve promotion from League Two.

The 22-year-old has featured 68 times for Town since joining the club from Maidstone United back in the summer of 2015, but crucially, Iandolo has only started 39 games compared to making 29 appearances off the bench.

The versatile midfielder was an almost ever-present in the first half of the 2018-19 season, playing 20 times, but was left out in the cold by manager Richie Wellens once fresh faces were brought to the club after the turn of the year.

But having been saved by Wellens over the summer as the manager set about transforming an ageing and lacklustre squad into one capable of fighting amongst the leading lights in League Two, Iandolo spent the off-season working hard to improve both his physical stature and ability on the ball.

Iandolo made his first league start of the campaign at left-back in last weekend’s 3-1 win at home to Morecambe and could continue in that role when Wellens takes his side to Leyton Orient on Saturday.

The youngster – who is now into his fifth season at the Energy Check County Ground – admits the unpredictable nature of previous seasons has been frustrating and is looking to secure a more consistent run of games as Town aim for promotion.

Iandolo said: “I’m 22-years-old now and I’m coming up for 70 appearances nearly, so it would be nice to have a lot of games under my belt come the end of the season.

“It’s always been in and out, in and out, but my main focus is to try and nail down as many starts as I can.

“It would be nice to nail down a position, but I think it’s good to have someone who can play a variety of different positions in the team for when injuries come.

“Games come thick and fast at times, so there will be injuries within the squad. If I can cover two or three positions, then that’s another string to my bow.

“But the main thing for me is the team getting promoted, whether it be through the play-offs or automatically. If I can help in any way, then great.”

Iandolo played 25 times in his first couple of campaigns under the tutelage of Luke Williams and current Orient interim-head coach Ross Embleton between 2015 and 2017.

The 22-year-old is looking forward to reacquainting himself with Embleton after the game on Saturday, but insists his attention will be on trying to get one over his former coach as Swindon aim to take all three points away from Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Iandolo said: “I learned a lot that year under Luke and Ross and it will be nice to see him on Saturday.

“I’m sure it will be a tough game because Ross was a good coach when he was here, so they’ll want to play football like they did when they were here.

“Orient have a couple of players that were here with Ross too, so it will be good to see them, but we’re going there for three points and that will be our main focus.”