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Brown Keen On Moore Stay

Stopper Currently Mulling Contract Offer

28 June 2018

Swindon Town Boss Phil Brown has admitted that he is trying to do whatever he can to persuade Stuart Moore to remain with the club.

Moore arrived in Wiltshire in January and enjoyed a strong finish to the 2017/18 campaign, which saw him offered a new deal to remain at SN1.

Although yet to put pen to paper, the keeper has returned for pre-season training this week and Brown is hoping that the 23-year-old decides to add his signature to the paperwork.

"I've had a good, long conversation with Stuart and I'm delighted with his attitude," he told swindontownfc.co.uk.

"He's come into training from minute one and I think that is key. It is an important ingredient that his mentality is he'll work hard to get a contract elsewhere if he doesn't get a contract here.

"I'm working behind hard the scenes to try and move that closer to a resolution.

"It's not like we're at loggerheads and it's not like we're a million miles apart - I really would like Stuart Moore at the football club next year because I feel like he's not a number two, he's a number one.

"If you are a number one pushing a number one who is quite capable in Lawrence Vigouroux, then we will get a better Lawrence Vigouroux and I know we will certainly get a better Stuart Moore.

"If I've got two number ones next year and not a number one and a number two which is everyone's ideal scenario, then I don't mind handling that kind of situation because if I've got players banging my door down saying they need to be playing and should be playing then it is up to me to handle that and control that."

Brown also provided an update on Ryan McGivern with the defender set to move on having not responded to a contract offer presented to him by the club.

"I think so," Brown said when asked if that particular ship had sailed.

"I haven't heard anything from Ryan and I've not spoken to him since he left in the second week of May, so I'm not holding out too many hopes for it.

"If it rekindles, if it comes back then fantastic because I rated the lad, I thought he was a decent player, he was a decent lad, he was very good in and around the place, a left-footed centre-back and all of the things you would like from a defender.

"I'm not completely pouring cold water on it but the lack of contact suggests that it is dead."


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