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Dave Flitcroft's Pre-Lincoln City Press Conference - The Key Points

Read The Best Bits From The Gaffer's Media Briefing

1 February 2018

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft sat down with the local media earlier today to look ahead to our Sky Bet League Two fixture away at Lincoln City on Saturday.

 - Boss reviews Transfer Deadline Day.

 - Gaffer speaks about the depatures of Goddard and Brophy.

 - He also discusses the arrival of Rollin Menayese.

 - Flitcroft reveals what he expects to see from Lincoln City.

Here are the key points from what he had to say...

ON JOHN GODDARD AND JAMES BROPHY LEAVING:

"It can look chaotic sometimes throughout the world of football but a lot of deals have been put together and brokered over a period of time.

"The Goddard deal and the Brophy deal were both worked on for quite some time. James was at Leyton Orient so it seemed a natural fit, but then it was making sure that the fee was right which the Chairman took hold of. 

"It was the first time where I've got a deal to a certain point and then the Chairman gets it over the line with his negotiating skills.

"We've been working hard on both deals over a period of time and it has caused the lads to lose a little bit of hope at times and I've felt that.

"I'm just really glad for the lads that they have both moved on so that they can progress with their careers.

"Johnny G was the ultimate professional when he was here but a change of system and bringing Keshi (Anderson) in didn't fit what I wanted from a football aspect.

"It was only right that you moved someone on like Johnny so he can get on with his football.

"He's worked so hard to get in the league so it was important that he can go and become the player he wants to be in the league.

"James has found a home at Leyton Orient and he wanted to explore that, which he did with the loan spell, but the deal had to be right for the club.

"Both deals were right for the football club and they've moved on with our blessing. 

"They are two really good lads and I'm glad they've found somewhere they can hopefully progress the football they are capable of."

  • Click HERE for an injury update ahead of Saturday. 

ON BRINGING IN ROLLIN MENAYESE:

"We were waiting to see what Bristol Rovers were doing on that one.

"He was part of the squad and they gave him a new contract. He would have stayed if they hadn't got another centre-half in.

"They got Tony Craig from Millwall and that allowed us to get him.

"I felt that we needed some mobility and he's got the size, he's got the power and more mobility is different to what we've already got.

"He gives me a different option.

"We've got good options and balance in the squad.

"I'm looking forward to working with him.

"Loan players don't get preferential treatment, he doesn't have to play, it isn't part of the contract and it never will be.

"If he performs, does well and there's a need for him then he will play."

ON WILL HENRY GOING OUT ON LOAN:

"We've been working on that closely and that will probably go into next week.

"It is right for Will, it is right for the club and we've just got to get the deal for the club."

ON LAWRENCE VIGOUROUX:

"I don't know his future.

"If he works hard, commits and is professional then he can be intergrated back into the squad."

ON LINCOLN CITY: 

"They are a direct and robust team and that is what Danny (Cowley) has built.

"They will have ten thousand fans and they've got the siren which goes off every time they get forward.

"We know what we are in for and it will be one of the toughest battles of the season.

"We will prepare the team for that and make sure they are ready for it."


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