Monday, June 20, 2011

Another Robin Flies Nest

Jon-Paul McGovern is the third player to leave Swindon Town today following Lescinel Jean-Francios and Elliot Benyon out the door. The Scot has headed north to Carlisle United, signing a two-year contract with the Cumbrians.

McGovern has been at the County Ground four seasons having been signed by Paul Sturrock on deadline day in August 2007. His first two seasons in a Swindon shirt were fairly decent although it wasn't until the 2009-2010 season he really came into his own.

He was an influential player in our success in reaching the play-off final that season and was a mainstay in the starting XI. He also managed to top the assist league, creating 16 goals for his team-mates from the right wing.

Last season couldn't have been a more different story, he started the campaign as an attacking central midfielder. A position that certainly didn't suit him and his form took a major dip. Even in his favoured right wing position he underperformed. As the season went on he was largely overlooked by Paul Caddis who had a excellent debut season.

The likelyhood is that Paul Caddis will continue in the first team next season which would have left McGovern to settle for a place on the bench. His move to Brunton Park appears to be a good move for both parties; after reaching 30 he will surely be looking to play regular football. He is also rumoured to be a higher earner at the club so to free up wages through a back-up player makes financial sense.

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