CHIPPENHAM Town manager Mark Collier believes the club can only benefit from having strong relationships with local Football League sides.

The Hardenhuish Park boss has made the most of the club’s new level of football by bringing in youngsters from both Bristol City and Swindon Town in recent months.

Last term, striker Jake Andrews joined the club temporarily and again linked up with Collier at Hardenhuish Park for the beginning of their inaugural National League South campaign.

Collier also managed to lure Swindon striker Scott Twine, who has impressed since signing in early September, in addition to midfielder Tommy Ouldridge.

“It’s a valuable link for us (with Bristol City) and I think it is vitally important that we have good links with lots of the pro clubs around the area,” he said.

“We are playing at a decent level of football, Jake Andrews thrived on it and has gone back to Bristol as a better player, he’d admit that.

“Scott Twine is doing particularly well and he is playing a different type of football to most lads of that level, because they will be playing development football.

“As I’ve said before, Twine has come to the party every week and he is somebody who has a big effect on the game.

“If we can have those links and get those players out of clubs to help them and they can help us, then we are happy to have those links.”

Midfielder James Morton was the latest player to arrive at Hardenhuish Park, after the teenager agreed to join on a month-long loan deal from the Ashton Gate club.

While Morton has come in, there was one exit for the club two as midfielder Scott Donnelly left the club by mutual consent.

“Late on Friday we made a signing, James is a teammate of Jake Andrews and he was playing for Bristol City U23s,” he said.

“He has come on a month loan for us and it has come at a good time because Matt Smith is injured and so is James Guthrie.

“He’s highly rated at Bristol City so hopefully he can help us on his way and we can help him on his way too.”