Swindon unveil striking stars
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Swindon have confirmed the signing of QPR duo Tony Thorpe and Jamie Cureton.Swindon have confirmed the signing of QPR duo Tony Thorpe and Jamie Cureton.
The two experienced stars were unveiled on Sunday after their first training session, along with fellow signings Ricky Shakes, Jack Smith and Charlie Comyn-Platt.
Swindon boss Andy King had been looking to fill the void left by top scorer Sam Parkin's departure, and in Cureton and Thorpe has two strikers well versed in the art of lower league goalscoring.
Thorpe, who moved from Fulham to Bristol City for a seven-figure fee in 1998, has proved prolific with the likes of Luton in the past whilst Cureton (pictured) has impressed with Bristol Rovers and Reading.
King voiced his delight at recruiting the experienced pros as well as his other summer signings as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion.
"To have Cureton and Thorpe both sign here is very exciting," King told the club's official website.
"They have signed for footballing reasons and they want to achieve something here, as well as progressing their careers.
"Both players have come from big clubs and have taken big drops in wages to be here.
"Tony Thorpe went for £1 million a few years ago and there is still football left in him, and Jamie Cureton too.
"Strikers get better with age and they both remain ambitious.
"Smith has played a lot of games for Watford and the other two, Shakes and Comyn-Platt, have experienced league football and they will be exciting signings as well."
King shows no signs of resting on his laurels and also revealed he was close to sealing the loan move of an unknown Premiership player - a deal that would excite the County Ground faithful.
"I have to fill the gaps now and I have an agreement with a Premiership manager for a player on a year's loan which would be another very exciting signing," King continued.
"It would be a massive surprise but we have to tie that up yet, we shall see what happens with that one.
"I still have some money left in the budget and I am looking to spend that.
"There are still holes to fill and I am continuing in my search to do just that.
"What we have done is give me and the fans hope and it is a forward step in the right way, these are exciting times."