Howard close to new Swindon deal

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Swindon Town midfielder Brian Howard has revealed he is close to signing a new two-year deal with the Second Division club.

The 21-year-old has been a key player in Andy King's first team this season, with the County Ground club in a good position for a play-off place in May.

Howard is happy to extend his stay with the Wiltshire club and believes he will put pen to paper on his new deal by next week at the latest.

"The contract has been in the pipeline for the last few months really and we are just sorting it out now," Howard told the club's official website.

"Hopefully the end of this week or middle of next week should do it and it should see me sign a two-year contract, which will keep me here until I am twenty-three."

One player who is not sure of his future at Swindon is Dutch goalkeeper Bart Griemink.

The former Birmingham City and Peterborough United custodian has only featured in seven matches for the club this term and has fallen behind current number one Rhys Evans.

With his contract to expire at the end of this season, Griemink believes he will likely need to move on at the season's end in order to find regular first team football.

"I'm sure I will sit down with the gaffer at some point to talk about the situation," Griemink told the Swindon Evening Advertiser.

"I will see out this contract and we'll see where we go from there. But, of course, as a footballer you want to be playing matches."