Lee Power: Swindon chairman defends use of loan system

Lee Power
Lee Power took over the club from Jed McCrory in December 2013

Swindon chairman Lee Power has defended the club's use of the loan market and says he will continue with the policy.

Last season's League One play-off finalists released 10 players in the summer, sold another two and saw six loanees return to their parent clubs.

And Power says it will take time to rebuild the squad but hopes to be able to field a competitive team in August.

"I told supporters that is how the club would be run, rightly or wrongly," Power told BBC Wiltshire.

"I think it is the right way. Too many football clubs go out of business and this club has been in administration three or four times and that is not the way I'll do things.

"I'll try my best to get a competitive team out there for supporters to be proud of. We demonstrated that last year and hopefully we'll do that again this year."

The club have signed England youth international Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill on a two-year deal from Arsenal while they club are also expected to take players on loan from Liverpool before the season starts.

And Power says he hopes his relationship with Premier League teams will help the club secure further top-flight talent.

"It's good to have relationships with them, that's perhaps an edge I have over most chairmen, my contacts in the game. It helps," he said.

"What people need to realise is the players we bring in on loan, we are beating Championship teams and other teams to get these players. Everyone wants them but we are fortunate to get them.

"Some supporters want us to build teams and own players and we do like to own a certain amount of them like we did with Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin.

"If you want to break even and not lose millions of pounds that is the way you need to go. Preston and MK Dons used the loan market to their advantage and got promoted and we just missed out."

Power has also urged patience as the club continue to build for the new season having lost in the play-off final last term.

"People need to remember we didn't take the two lads from Southampton until late on and that might happen again this year," he added.

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