SWINDON Town’s soon to be out-of-contract stars will have their situations addressed in the coming weeks, according to manager Mark Cooper.
Wes Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, Nathan Byrne, Ben Gladwin, Andy Williams and Raphael Branco, as well as a host of other Robins players, see their current deals at the County Ground expire next July and suitors will be lurking with intent from January, when summer switches can start to be planned.
However, Cooper stressed that Town owner Lee Power can be relied upon to do his utmost to keep those individuals at the club.
He told Link Sport: “I don’t think the chairman’s stupid. I think he knows that’s going to have to be spoken about soon and I’m sure he’s putting things in place. Those little things will be taken care of in the coming days and weeks.”
When pushed on whether some of those players would consider their future away from Wiltshire should Town not achieve promotion to the Championship this term, Cooper said: “I understand that and that’s their right but you have to look and say ‘is the grass greener? Am I part of something here?’ Who knows where it can go. We’ve got some good players.
“If you can go and earn life-changing money it doesn’t matter what we do, they’re going to go. If they’re happy, content and playing in a team that plays good football and can be successful, then that can help.
“If you’re talking about Wes and Nathan and people like that, it might be that they want to play in the Championship. They’ve got to get somebody to take them first of all and they might say ‘whatever happens I’m going to leave’. We can’t affect that.
“The chairman will do everything he can to try to keep them.
“I can just concentrate on getting up to the training ground and make sure we’re prepared for every game.”