Swindon Town boss Richie Wellens has been speaking about the potential for more summer signings but admitted lack of money and geography was an issue.
Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser on the eve of the Robins home League Two fixture with Northampton, Wellens confirmed his interest in two long-term targets but revealed both deals had difficult obstacles to overcome.
Wellens is a keen admirer of Bristol Rovers midfielder Kyle Bennett who enjoyed a successful loan spell at the County Ground last season, and he made an offer for the twenty-eight-year-old last month which was rejected by the Gas. The prospect of a revised bid looks unlikely after the former Oldham boss admitted, ‘Kyle Bennett, let’s see where that one goes, there’s not much money in the coffers at this minute.’
Bennett has featured in all four games for Rovers so far this season, starting the last two and it remains unclear of Rovers would allow the player to leave after he’s forced his way back into manager Graham Coughlan’s plans.
Elsewhere, news that early summer target Jamie Devitt has been left out in the cold by new Blackpool boss Simon Grayson after his summer move from Carlisle led many to speculate Wellens would make another move for the attacking midfielder. However, the Robins boss felt that the player’s eagerness to stay in the North-West would once again make a move to Wiltshire unlikely. He said: ‘I tried for Jamie Devitt, quite early. He was one of the first three or four players I spoke to.’
‘His desire was not to leave the area, so he signed for Blackpool. I would imagine not much has changed there in terms of him wanting to stay in the north-west.’
Bradford City and Plymouth Argyle are thought to be two of several clubs interested in Devitt with reliable journalist Alan Nixon tweeting yesterday the Bantams were very keen on the twenty-nine-year-old.
Read a manager’s press comments in the transfer window with a pinch of salt, but the prospect of either player arriving at the County Ground would appear slim.
Money and geography are two issues which are challenging to overcome but not impossible.
That is why Swindon fans should not give up on either player making a move,
Wellens is ambitious, and after a good start, both could be the final piece in the promotion jigsaw for the Robins boss.