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PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE: Scunthorpe United v Swindon Town

Good morning and welcome to our first live press conference blog of the season as Swindon Town travel to Scunthorpe United for their opening League Two game of the 21/22 season. Join Total Sport Swindon's Ryan Walker from 8.30am as he speaks to new Head Coach Ben Garner.


That concludes today's press conference, thanks for joining us.


Garner on start to the season.

"Time will tell and we have done as much preparation as we can and got the players as fit as we can within a 2-week period.

We've left no stone unturned.

I couldn't be prouder of what everyone has done and we would like to get off to a good start and doing everything we can to do that."


Garner on taking Swindon job:

"It does feel very very different (to the Bristol Rovers job) if I'm honest and in lots of different ways.

All I can talk about is the positivity since walking through the door and since day one my gut instinct has been very strong and very good."?


Garner on improving home form:

"It's very important to improve the home form but we want that away from home as well and want to win as many games as possible.

We want the County Ground to feel like home to the players and we have already made a lot of improvements here to their daily infrastructure and the environment they are in.

Marcus Cassidy is doing a top job on the job and has done a lot of work to improve that and the pitch will be key to how we want to play."


Garner on needing a striker:

"We have several players that can play across the front line but it will be nice to spend a few weeks and then identify what we need.

Hopefully the rest of the window will be just as productive."


Garner on one-year deals:

"That's the restrictions of the transfer embargo and we have been working through certain elements to get more of the embargo lifted.

It's been quite nice for me and Ben Chorley because we know exactly where we are and that makes restrictions quite straightforward."


Garner on first game of the season:

"We are excited and looking forward to the game. I feel very proud of how we have progressed since I came in the door.

It has been so positive and the work ethic has been outstanding from everyone at the club.

We've been written off and are behind the curb but it's a great challenge."


Garner on giving Conroy captaincy:

"Dion has really impressed me since he started training.

He is a very good communicator, organises the team well and is a very good footballer.

He gets on well with everyone and there are quite a few strong characters here."


Garner on new signings:

"We certainly need a few more players to work on the squad depth but we don't want a big squad.

We are working on getting a few more in but we want a tight-knit squad and having the right quality is of the upmost importance."


Garner on Grant returning:

"Since I walked in the door he has been fantastic.

He had to work on his fitness and get up to speed but he has trained very well and you saw how well he played against Peterborough.

He fits in really well to what we want to do and he is a very strong player for us."


Garner on Dabre:

"He will be involved in Saturday and he is a lovely kid, very humble, and you can see he has a lot of talent.

He is very highly spoken of and we hope he will be a very good project for us."


Garner on McKirdy:

"He was in at the club when I arrived and he has a great character and is a very good football player.

He wants to show what he can do and that is a good thing for us."


Garner on Odimayo returning:

"I had several good conversations with Akin and we made it clear we wanted him back at the club.

We had a good conversation about his long-term development and we are happy to have him back at the club."


Garner on Kaine Hayden:

"You don't give a five-year contract to a young player unless you rate him highly.

He is a top talent, very quick, very dangerous and he has a big future at Aston Villa.

We are delighted to have him and look forward to working with him. Villa were fantastic in the process and it's a relationship we would like to build on.

He's a right-sided defender but is very good going forward and has great leadership qualities as well. He is very mature, fitted in well and you can see why he is so highly rated."


Garner on team selection:

"I've never liked it when teams don't name a full bench and we have youngsters that can come and be on the bench.

We've had five or six youngsters who will travel with us."


Garner on Scunthorpe:

"We've watched what they have done pre-season and they look very well organised without the ball and carry a good threat.

It will be a good first-game and a good test and now we are looking forward to it.

The players have a good idea how the team will set-up and it's probably one of the easier teams I have had to pick."


Garner on supporters at Scunthorpe:

"Football is nothing without supporters and anyone that does travel to Scunthorpe we really appreciate it.

Hopefully we can give supporters something to cheer about. We want to entertain the crowd but also we need that energy from the fans and we all work together."


Garner on training this week:

"It's been a very good week and we haven't picked up any injuries. We have a fully fit squad apart from Jordan Lyden which is a big positive.

I've been here two weeks and a day but it feels like 5 months because of all the work we've done and it's been really positive.

I can't speak highly enough of the club."


Ben Garner has joined us and we are ready to go!


We are in the teams meeting and waiting for Ben Garner to join us.


Swindon start the League Two season playing catchup with other teams in the division due to the lengthy takeover and transfer embargo being placed on the club. However a busy few weeks that has seen the squad bolstered to 16 players has given Head Coach Ben Garner something to build on as the Robins travel to face Scunthorpe tomorrow.


What a difference a summer can make! Since our last live press conference blog, Swindon have been transformed with new owner Clem Morfuni taking the reigns and giving fans of the club something to believe in again as the torrid tenure of Lee Power came to an end.


Good morning and welcome to our first press conference blog of the new season as we bring you all the updates from the Swindon Town camp as we speak to new Head Coach Ben Garner as Swindon travel to face Scunthorpe tomorrow.


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