JACK Stephens is targeting a League One play-off place with Swindon Town after returning to the Wiltshire club on loan.
The defender arrived back at the County Ground this week on a four-month loan from Southampton, completing his switch with just a handful of minutes remaining in the summer transfer window.
While many familiar faces from his time at Town towards the back end of last term may have now disappeared, Stephens sees a squad oozing quality which he feels can challenge for a place in the top six.
“Obviously last year when I came in there were quite a few experienced defenders in Jay McEveley and Troy. This year it’s just a full, young squad,” Stephens told Swindon Link.
“It’s equally as talented and I think we’re in good shape to finish higher than last year and that means at least the play-offs.”
Stephens intends to be a leader on the pitch during his second spell with Swindon, saying: “It’s something I need to be working on. Southampton have said they want me to work on talking.
“I like to talk, I like to command the back three. It’s something I want to improve on and hopefully I can help the team.”