Swindon Town Head of Football Jamie Russell said that the club would be targeting permanent signings this summer as opposed to loan deals.

Previous seasons have shown the difficulties of relying on loan players for Swindon, with the January recalls of players like Dan Kemp, Jake Young, Kaine Kesler-Hayden, Tyreece Simpson, Matt Smith, and Eoin Doyle causing the team difficulties.

Russell said that the team would like not to be so reliant on loan players this season and would target more permanent deals as Town build their new squad.

He said: “We would want more permanent signings this year because then we know what we are working with.

“We don’t want to be developing other people’s players all of the time, we want to be developing our own players.

“That could either be for them to come on the journey with us and we get promoted or whether we make a huge amount of money and then we can reinvest and do the same process again, but always making sure that the club is being strengthened.

“Within the academy system, when you develop a player you get compensated for that, but at first team level with loans, you are paying for that player and if they go back to their parent club and get a move, we have done all the development but don’t get any benefit from it.

“So, we would prefer to bring in as many permanent signings as we can.”

Swindon have already secured their first signing of the summer in Mansfield Town midfielder Ollie Clarke and Mark Kennedy said that he was hoping that Town would continue to get business done early.

He said: “I think that the most important thing is getting the right people, first and foremost as people and then as footballers.

“I am not particularly someone that would want to wait for an A-star player that you would never get, I would rather get a B-plus player that I know I am going to work with.

“Unfortunately in recruitment, you might need a right-sided centre-back but not be able to get them in until later on, you might get your seven or 11 in quicker.

“It will take time to get players over the line, but I would like to get it done sooner rather than later.

“There are so many factors that need to be ticked to get the right players in and it is equally as frustrating for me as it is for the fans.”