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Town Return Dream Come True For Mildenhall

New Goalkeeping Coach Over The Moon To Be Back Home

24 July 2018

Town's new Goalkeeping Coach Steve Mildenhall has described his return to his boyhood club as a dream come true.

The former stopper was announced as Dean Thornton's replacement on Monday and is a familiar sight to Town fans having began his career at SN1.

And, having carved out a lengthy playing career in the EFL, Mildenhall is now looking forward to embarking on the next chapter of his career with a club that is very close to his heart.

"I'm ecstatic," he told swindontownfc.co.uk.

"It is something that I always hoped might happen one day and when I left as a player I always hoped that I might come back.

"There was a chance many moons ago when Danny Wilson was here to come back but we didn't quite get it over the line for whatever reason and it always bugged me never getting the chance to come back and play for the club.

"Being a local boy I left pretty early in my career and it is my hometown team that I've supported for a long, long time. 

"The main draw was coming back to my old club and getting the opportunity to do my first-ever job as a first-team Goalkeeping Coach at a club I made my debut with was an opportunity I couldn't turn down.

"I am so pleased to be here and I am so pleased to be given the opportunity.

"I must also say a massive, massive thank you to Darrell Clarke and Bristol Rovers because I've had six unbelievable years there and it will be a club that will always be close to me now.

"I will always be indebted to that football club but now is a new chapter for me and a new path for me.

"I was in the building on Monday, had a really good days' worth of training, got to know the three goalkeepers collectively and I'll be talking to them individually over the next couple of days.

"It was good to get out on that grass and get down to the nitty gritty side of it and it was good to get a feel for it.

"I missed that cutting edge where it really meant something and I'm looking forward to it."

And Mildenhall is also relishing the opportunity to work with Lawrence Vigouroux, Luke McCormick and Will Henry during the course of the season.

"I've known Luke McCormick for a young time and I knew him when he was a young lad playing and I've played against him a lot of times," he added.

"I've watched Lawrence Vigouroux and I've bumped into him around the town a few times and chatted to him.

"You've got an older experienced goalkeeper with a lot of games under his belt and a young goalkeeper with all the attributes in the world.

"And then we've got another young keeper in Will Henry who has played some games and he's got potential.

"The goalkeeper department was very attractive from the outside looking in and there is a lot to work with there.

"This is the last week of pre-season training as such so this week is about me coming in and seeing where they are in terms of fitness, sharpness and they all look good.

"I'll push them to their limits this week and then next week I'll start to drip-feed into them what they will face from Macclessfield.

"It is then constructing the sessions to make sure whoever the Gaffer picks is ready to go come August 4th."


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