Date:Friday February 6 2009
In a recent interview with the Swindon Evening Advertiser Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson has indicated that his out-of-contract squad members must earn any potential new deals.
Wilson stated that when he first arrived 'there were a lot of contracts up, but it`s up to the players to prove to [Wilson] that they should be at the club and that they want to be here."
The former Northern Ireland international concluded by saying that 'it is up to them to convince everybody that they are part of the future.'
The XVI in Question...
I. Phil Smith
Swindon's current reserve shotstopper has played 60 league games for Town since joining Dennis Wise's regime in the summer of 2005.
He began his career as Brezovan's understudy but after the Slovakian suffered a long term injury Smith became an essential member of the League Two promotion team.
Since then he has battled it out with Brezovan - under Malpas Smith was the preferred option.
League Appearances: 60.
II. Peter Brezovan
The Slovakian arrived from Brno on loan and was regarded by Dennis Wise's ace in the pack and was billed by Wise as a real coup and as being a man high in demand from bigger clubs.
He enjoyed a perfect debut at Hartlepool United saving two penalties as Town won 1-0 on the opening day of the 2005/06 season.
He injured himself in the October after an awkward fall against Grimsby. Despite his injury he signed a full-time deal with Swindon.
Brezovan was linked to Wolves and Swansea as he's fought for the number 1 shirt - it's been reported that he's been frustrated at times as understudy but has returned to the first team under Danny Wilson.
League Appearances: 58
III. Jamie Vincent
A somewhat forgotten figure for the majority of this season.
Veteran defender Vincent was a regular fixture in the Town squad last two seasons but injuries have hampered him ever since.
Many thought that the end was night for Vincent - However, he returned to the Swindon line-up and impressed during the 3-2 win against Walsall (Vincent came off when Town were 3-0 up).
League Appearances: 68
IV. Jack Smith
One of the clubs longest serving players after joining the club on a free transfer from Watford in the summer of 2005.
With over 100 Town games under belt he was only offered a one year deal by Maurice Malpas, with no guarentee of first team football. However, Smith made the right back position his own and until recently has played every league game for Swindon this season. He's also netted 5 times this season.
League Appearances: 125
V. Pat Kanyuka
The Congolese defender joined on a short-term contract last season and has struggled with injuries.
Kanyuka has played ten times this season while scoring one goal.
In Town's last fixture, the 0-0 draw at Oldham, Danny Wilson suprised many by sticking Kanyuka in a central midfield role and he impressed both the staff and travelling fans.
League Appearances: 14
VI. Craig Easton
The Scotsman who was brought to the club by Paul Sturrock enjoyed his first season at the club playing 40 times and scoring 6. Many felt that only Miguel Comminges had a better season than Easton in 2007/08.
However, for whatever reason it really hasn't been repeated this season. The former Scottish Under-21 cap has drifted in and out of the first team.
League Appearances: 59
VII. Callum Kennedy
For quite some time many fans wanted to see Surrey born left-back drafted into the first team set-up after impressing in the youths and reserves.
He finally got his first team debut this season during the 1-1 draw against Carlisle. He played the following two fixtures and has since disappeared again.
League Appearances: 3
VIII. Lilian Nalis
The veteran Frencman has failed to impress the masses so far this season and has flitted in and out of the first team since October.
It is believed that Nalis could be relaxing on his boat in the Med after the seasons end!
League Appearances: 17
IX. Michael Pook
Only signed a new deal last summer after playing enough games during the 2007/08 to activate a clause in his contract. Malpas stated that Pook would struggle to find a place in the first team. But with Town struggling Pook was suprisingly brought back in by a desperate Malpas. Pook impressed during his first game back but has since drifted back to the sort of performances that leave the Town faithful often unhappy.
After a poor showing at Huddersfield Pook appears to have disappeared again having missed the last two games despite being fit for selection.
League Appearances: 108
X. Sam Morris
One of nine youth team players who signed 18 month professional contracts in February 2008. Morris has yet to see first team action.
League Appearances: 0
XI. Ben Joyce
Brought to the club from Plymouth Argyle along with Ben Tozer and Sean Morrison. Joyce scored on his debut with a classy finish against Port Vale.
He hasn't featured much this season though starting against Bristol Rovers before going off in the 34th minuted.
League Appearances: 4
XII. Chris Allen
Re-emerged under Danny Wilson having started the last two games. Many still have high hopes for Allen and it appears that Wilson may agree with them.
League Appearances: 10
XIII. Barry Corr
The Irishman was signed by Paul Sturrock and helped make sure Swindon wouldn't have to play a second season in the 4th tier.
Corr has shown his ability and scored goals. Sadly, Corr simply cannot stay fit - it's widely agreed that if he could stay fit Corr would be an essentially member of the squad but it's highly unlikely that this will happen.
League Appearances: 28
XIV. Blair Sturrock
The son of Paul has come in and out of the first team this season starting 2 and making 6 appearances from the bench. Nobody can doubt that Sturrock jr. puts in the effort but his lack of goals and the possibility that Wilson could replace him with someone who can do a similar job yet score goals too is likely.
League Appearances: 48
XV. Jake Hyde
One of nine youth team players who signed 18 month professional contracts in February 2008. He has spent some time at Weymouth and was linked to a move to Wycombe at the beginning of the season.
He hasn't featured for the first team and is unlikely to now.
League Appearances: 0
XVI. Tom Evans
One of nine youth team players who signed 18 month professional contracts in February 2008. The Welsh defender has appeared for his country at both U-17 and U-19 level but has yet to feature for Swindon.
He spent some time on loan at Truro earlier in the season.
League Appearances: 0
Date:Friday February 6 2009
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