SWINDON Town fully anticipate being able to extend Jack Stephens’s loan deal until the end of the season in the next transfer window.
The Southampton centre-back returned to the County Ground for his second spell with the Robins with just 10 minutes remaining of summer Deadline Day, and is expected to be a major player as Swindon set their sights on a League One play-off place.
As they rushed through the move before the window slammed shut, Town were unable to agree to a full, season-long loan move for the centre-back. However, manager Mark Cooper is under the impression that, if all goes as expected, Stephens will stay in Wiltshire until May.
He told Link Sport: “Of course ideally we’d like him until the end of the season but I’m sure talks will be ongoing and if we do get there we can extend it.”
Had Swindon landed Stephens for the season, Saints would have been unable to recall their player until January. Now, however, he could be summoned back to St Mary’s at any time – not that Cooper thinks that will be an issue.
“I think it was just important we got him here to start with and then we can sort that out. If we’re looking after him properly I don’t see any reason why they’d want to take him back,” he said.