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31 January 2020

Club News


31 January 2020

Swindon Town are delighted to announce the signing of central midfielder, Matty Palmer following his release from Rotherham United.

Palmer joins the Robins after spending the first half of the season on-loan at Bradford City. The 24-year-old has signed an 18-month deal at the County Ground. The deal is subject to EFL and FA approval.

Born in Derby, he grew up as part of the Rams’ academy before being released in 2012. From there, he joined Burton Albion where he made his way into the first-team, making his debut a year into his time there.

The 2013/14 season was where he made his first meaningful impact on the club – he played 40 league games as Albion made it to the League Two Play-Off Final. The Brewers lost at Wembley to Fleetwood with a young Palmer coming off the bench in the 78th minute.

A year later and Palmer was an essential part of Burton’s League Two title, playing 33 games and contributing four goals from midfield under Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.

With Burton already in their highest ever league position, Nigel Clough took over with Palmer heading to Oldham on loan where he completed the 2015/16 season.

Back in favour the following year, Palmer helped the Brewers stay in the Championship in their first ever season in the division, securing second division status in April with a 1-1 draw against Barnsley.

After relegation the following year, Palmer joined Rotherham in League One in January - and at the first time of asking, with Palmer featuring throughout the second half of the campaign, the Millers were promoted back to the Championship. Palmer starred in a 14-match unbeaten run that saw the Yorkshire side fly up the League One table.

The 24-year-old started at Wembley in the Play-Off Final and played the full 90 minutes as they overcame Shrewsbury Town to make it back to the Championship.

After playing ten times in the Championship for Rotherham in the 2018/19 season, Palmer was loaned to Bradford City at the start of the season with Rotherham, having the option of recall in January. They exercised the option in early January.

The club would like to welcome Matty and we look forward to his involvement in a Town shirt for the rest of the season.

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