Former Swindon Town manager Michael Flynn discussed the possibility of bringing Charlie Austin with him to Cheltenham Town.

The pair who worked with one another at the County Ground last season were pictured on the beach in Dubai together whilst on holiday earlier this month, causing speculation that Austin could be ready to follow Flynn up the road to Cheltenham.

In an interview with Gloucestershire Live, Flynn discussed the photo and the possibility of signing the 34-year-old, saying that he was a player he was a great admirer of.

He said: “I knew Charlie was there because we keep in contact and he was fantastic for me at Swindon.

“We were on the beach and we knew it would get tongues wagging.

“Charlie is fit, he has kept himself in good condition, and he knows the conversation that we had while we were away.

“He is somebody that I have got a lot of time for, he has played at the highest level and we will see.

“That is not even teasing you, it is one of them where we have got to look at what we can get in and see what we need.”

The photo did as Flynn expected with former Swindon loanee Frank Nouble replying to it with a GIF that said “interesting” as well as many Cheltenham fans welcoming the former Queens Park Rangers striker to the club, believing that it confirmed that he would be heading to The Completely-Suzuki Stadium.

Austin is currently available as a free agent having left Town at the end of last season, a decision he said he was not formally informed of prior to the retained list being announced.

The striker netted seven of his 12 goals last season under Flynn and also laid on five more for his teammates as he was part of an exciting attacking trio with Dan Kemp and Jake Young prior to the 43-year-old parting ways with the club during January following an extended poor run of results.

Despite his departure from Swindon, Austin has made it clear that he intends to continue playing next season and it would seem that Cheltenham are in the mix for his signature.

Speaking to The Adver in May, he said: “I’m speaking to a few clubs, but at the moment I am enjoying the time with my wife and kids, then I’ll see, I’m still going to play, and enjoy football, so I’ll see what happens."