Wilson eyes loan stars' return

Robins remain keen on Ward, Darby and Ferry

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Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson is keen to bring back last season's impressive loan signings if they become available again.

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The Robins went all the way to Wembley in their quest for promotion from League One, but lost 1-0 to Millwall in the play-off final.

Wilson's side benefited hugely from the use of youngsters loaned from bigger clubs, such as Celtic's Simon Ferry, Liverpool's Stephen Darby and Bolton's Danny Ward.

The trio are back at their parent clubs, however, Wilson admits that should they not secure first-team football he would be keen to bring them back to the County Ground.

Knocking on the door

"All the lads that came here on loan have gone back to their parent clubs and they will be assessed there during pre-season," said Wilson.

"If they feel that they can afford to loan them out again then we will be knocking on the door so that we can have them back.

"There is a lot of work to go on before that stage though, but if they do then we'd like to have our hat in the ring."

The Robins completed the signing of Manchester City youngster David Ball earlier this week on a six-month loan deal and Wilson insists that he is still looking to bring in further recruits.

He added: "We are looking everywhere to bring in some good youngsters because we have no divine right to bring them in from Manchester City.

"We are waiting to hear on a few of those, but it worked very well for us last season and we'd love to do something similar again.

"We are focusing on permanent deals as well though because loans are all well and good, but you need a solid core of players contracted to the club to go with them."