AUSTRALIAN trialist Joel Chianese has given Swindon Town “something to think about” during his three-week stay in Wiltshire, according to manager Mark Cooper.
The former Sydney United frontman has been training with the Robins’ first-team squad since early August but got his first taste of match action in Wednesday’s 4-2 development friendly defeat to Cheltenham Town.
Cooper is aware of the need to make a quick decision on whether or not he offers a deal to Chianese – both for the sake of the player and the club – and he’s certainly seen enough of the striker to have to think hard about it.
“When you go on trial and you have one game, and he knows everybody is looking at him, I understand it can be difficult for him to show the best of what he’s got, but he’s gone and scored a couple of goals so I’ll have a chat with the powers-that-be and see what we do,” Cooper told Link Sport.
“I think it’s unfair if we judge him on one game but he may have a run.
“He’s seen the way we do things and he’d love to be part of it but everything has got to be right.
“He can certainly score a goal, he’s got decent feet and he could probably play as a number nine or a number 10. He’s given us something to think about.
“I think his agent has said there might be another couple of people wanting a look at him. We don’t want to keep him here and drag it out if it means he loses the opportunity somewhere else. It’s a conversation we’re going to have to have with Joel.”