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Brewitt: Let's make the County Ground a fortress

Defender excited by the upcoming league opener

12 August 2023

Fixture News

Brewitt: Let's make the County Ground a fortress

Defender excited by the upcoming league opener

12 August 2023

A promising start to the 2023/24 season has seen defender Tom Brewitt enjoy what he's seen from new manager Michael Flynn so far.

Since the arrival of Flynn, Brewitt has enjoyed the changes that have been implemented to suit the new style of play they intend on working towards.

He said: "The gaffer has been clear he wants us to play.

"We want to move the ball quickly, we want to create chances, and we want to run." 

Brewitt was someone who looked to lock down his future with Town going into the 2023/24 season and admitted that positive chats with Flynn were the deciding factor:

"I had really honest conversations with the gaffer and I was really excited to come back for pre-season.

"I think whenever any player is free, the agent has to make sure they are being looked after, but being at a big club like Swindon is usually going to be the best place to be."

"We only had a few chats with the gaffer, but I have known people who have worked with him and they all said he would like me.

"It has started well and hopefully, I can keep performing."

This led to the defender being a key player across Swindon's pre-season and explained that the pre-season preparations meant he and the players had to be "super fit":

"It's been tough, but in a really good way.

"To play in the style the gaffer wants us to, we need to be super fit.

"It's always nice to score, but my job is to keep them out of the net.

"Sometimes, the results didn't reflect the performance when we made so many changes, but it was good overall."

Looking into the weekend's league opener with Crewe, following last weekend's postponements against Colchester, and reflecting on the Carabao Cup performance on Tuesday, Brewitt is excited by starting the new season at the County Ground and believes Town fans will have a key role to play:

(On Colchester) "We have played in worse, but the pitch couldn't handle it.

"The minute we went out to warm-up we knew we weren't going to play.

(On Peterborough) "Playing a team that will be up the top of a higher division will be tough.

"Before penalties, we probably edged the game.

"The performance on Tuesday was so positive that we are looking to carry that forwards.

"The crowd have been really behind us so far and we want to carry that forwards.

A final thought from the 26-year-old ahead of the Crewe Alexandra game, with the aim to make Town's home a "fortress" that teams fear coming to:

"It has been a long time coming.

"If the fans can bring the same energy we have had so far then it will be great.

"I think the style will really excite them and that will help.

"We are going to play, that is clear from the games we have had.

"Hopefully we can run a few teams off the park and we can make the County Ground a fortress."

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