FORMER Swindon Town midfielder Mo Dabre is set to join National League South side Chelmsford City once his Robins contract expires on July 1.

The 20-year-old was well-liked by supporters at the County Ground despite his relative lack of game-time, playing just eight times in two seasons.

Italian-born Dabre scored on his Swindon debut – a 2-1 victory over Arsenal U21s in the EFL Trophy – but never made a league appearance for the club.

Following four EFL Trophy outings and a brief FA Cup stint against Manchester City in the FA Cup under Ben Garner, Dabre came on as a substitute in last season's League Cup reverse to Walsall while playing twice in the EFL Trophy group stage once again.

He was released by Swindon at the end of the most recent campaign and will now ply his trade at a level in which he has plenty of experience.

Dabre impressed while at Worthing last term, playing 18 times and scoring five goals, and had done well when running out for Chippenham Town the campaign prior.

After landing his man, former Cambridge United, Coventry City, Oldham Athletic, and Exeter City striker Robbie Simpson – who is now manager of Chelmsford – said: “Mo’s a player that we were really interested in as soon as the season finished.

“Both times he played against us for Worthing, we thought he was their best player. I watched Worthing a couple of times towards the back end of the season. One game against Cheshunt, he was the best player on the pitch that night too. He scored a goal, cleared one off the line, he was just all over the pitch.

“Mo’s got a bit of everything, he is a young, athletic, and energetic player. He’s also strong, for someone of his size, he’s really strong and can keep hold of the ball really well under pressure.

“Mo can play in multiple positions, he can play as a holding midfield player, and an attacking midfield player.

“In both games against us, he ended up playing wide left, but he can also play wide right. He can really play anywhere across midfield, in an attacking sense and in a defensive sense.

“He’s a player that is going to add a lot and I’m really excited about bringing Mo to the football club.

“He was at Swindon last year and obviously ended up going out on loan, but I know he’s really hungry to get back into the football league and I’m really thankful that he’s put his trust in us to be able to help him back on that journey.”