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SWINDON TOWN: No deal for Mooney
PAUL Mooney will not be offered a contract at Swindon Town following his spell training with the club, manager Paolo Di Canio has revealed.
Mooney, who was runner-up to Chris Smith in the ‘Samsung Win A Pro Contract’ competition last season, has been involved with the Robins’ squad at their pre-season camp on the banks of Lake Garda over the course of the last two weeks.
The central defender had been trying to prove he is good enough to earn a deal at the County Ground, but Di Canio has made the decision not to make him a permanent fixture on his roster.
“I have to honest, he’s a good guy, he has good quality as a centre-half – elegance, technique – but we are searching for a different player,” he said.
“At the end of this week, when we travel back to Liddington, I will speak to him and, although it was a great experience for him, we already have Chris Smith who has an opportunity to prove his quality.
“He (Mooney) has built his fitness, his knowledge but I’m here to win the league and obviously I have to teach the youngest.
“But from now I can’t imagine focusing my attention on bringing players without any knowledge and trying to teach them.”
Di Canio stressed that he wanted a first-team squad of players who are experienced in the dynamics of the Football League.
“My mission, like last year but more important this year, is to go up even if it’s difficult so I would like to bring in players who are maybe young but with really good knowledge and really good experience,” he said.
“(John) Bostock, for example, last year was with us and he already had two years of experience at a very good level.
“I can’t keep players who you have to teach and teach every morning and lose energy, with all respect, because I want to give all my energy and use all my energy with my team and the players who can help me win the game for the fans and the club.”