LOUIS Thompson believes Swindon Town’s transfer window business proves that the Robins do not intend to be a “selling club”.
The midfielder was the only member of a talented group of players at the County Ground to be bought by a team from a higher level over the course of the summer, as he sealed a Deadline Day move to Norwich City for a fee which could reach seven figures.
Bids for Massimo Luongo, Nathan Thompson and Michael Smith were all rebuffed by Town owner Lee Power, while the younger Thompson brother immediately returned to Wiltshire on loan for the remainder of the campaign and Swindon also drafted in seven new faces.
Reflecting on that transfer activity, Thompson suggested that the club is in safe hands and heading in the right direction.
“The chairman gave me a call and told me what a big club it is and what a nice club it is but he said I was under no pressure to leave and it was a nice comforting call that. Sometimes you feel that you could be pressured by a club but it certainly wasn’t the case here,” he said.
“He told me I need to do what I need to do, it was all down to me and my fate was in my own hands. I like that pressure on myself to make my own decision and that’s what is going to mature me as a person.
“When you play games and you’re in a squad as good as this it’s easy to impress. I think there’s a very good chance a few of the boys here will have offers come in but Swindon could have been seen as a selling club but I think in this window alone they’ve proved they’re looking to get into the Championship.
“I think that will give confidence to the fans.”
Thompson set himself a target of 15 appearances for the Robins last term but went well beyond his own expectations, setting in motion the wheels of a move he didn’t expect to arrive so soon in his career.
He credits the coaching set-up at the County Ground for his rapid rise and he thinks that the way the club is structured has encouraged young talent to sign on with Swindon.
“I think it has come earlier than expected. I was always expecting to stay at Swindon for a little longer. Going off my brother’s career, I was expecting that but I was catapulted in, the management gave me a chance, thankfully I took that chance,” he said.
“This is the perfect club for you players to be. They’ve got the best coaches here, they’ve got the best opportunities here, they’re going to play the most games here. I think Swindon Town is a really good club to come and progress your career at.
“The signings like Jake Reeves and Jon Obika have seen that ambition from top to bottom and I think they’re going to enjoy their ride.”