SWINDON Town defender Ciaran Brennan believes he has reached a crucial point in his career and is looking to realise his potential by producing consistently-high performances for Scott Lindsey’s men.

The Sheffield Wednesday centre-back will spend the 2022-23 campaign at the County Ground after agreeing a season-long loan last week.

Brennan will be looking to build on the 18 appearances he made last term for a combination of League-One Wednesday and National League side Notts County.

Having notched a handful of training sessions with his new teammates, the 22-year-old enjoyed his first minutes in a Swindon shirt late on in the 3-2 pre-season friendly victory away at Melksham Town.

The defender will hope to feature in several more friendlies before the League Two season gets underway on July 30.

Asked at what stage in his career Brennan believes he has reached ahead of a spell with Town, the defender said: “an important point.

“Having spoken to Sheffield Wednesday and the gaffer there about it, I’ve got two years left on my Sheffield Wednesday contract, and I feel like now is the perfect time to go out and play games to prove where I am and what my potential is.

“I’ve just turned 22, I don’t want people to think of me as a young player anymore who has potential.

“Growing up, people have said that to me all the time, ‘you could play here, or you could play at this or that level’.

“Ultimately, it’s down to me to show people what I can do. That’s why I’m here, to show people what I’m capable of.”

Should Town not sign any further centre-backs, Brennan will compete with Mathieu Baudry, Cian Harries, and Harrison Minturn for a place in Lindsey’s starting XI.

The 22-year-old insisted he was never given any promises ahead of signing that he would be guaranteed game-time and says he wants to fight for his place like everyone else.

Brennan said: “You can get told whatever you want before signing, but no one is guaranteed to play games.

“I didn’t come here thinking I would walk straight into the team; I came to prove that I should be in the team.

“I’m not one to rest on my laurels if I’ve had a good game or a few good games in a row – I’ll still be working hard to get in the team and stay in the team.”