Swindon Town striker Charlie Austin came out in the local press yesterday, before the 1-0 away defeat to Notts County, and revealed he would relish playing at a higher level but only when the time is right.
Like Simon Cox, who Austin replaced after Cox was sold to West Brom, he sees his time at the County Ground as a stepping stone on a journey to higher level football.
The £2m rated striker has been a hit at the County Ground ever since making his debut last October netting 31 goals in just over a year, this season he is now joint top goal scorer with Plymouth striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and I would expect more things to come if he still around after the January transfer window.
Austin was subject to a £600,000 bid from Millwall which was rebuffed by Swindon manager Danny Wilson and chairman Andrew Fitton, but has recently been linked with a few Championship clubs including QPR, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough.
With the January window just over a month away the young striker is bracing himself for more speculation over his future, saying: “Personally the only interest I know of is Millwall from the summer but apart from that none at all.”
The young striker has also thanked the Robins fans during his time at the club: “The fans have been great, whether I score or I don’t, even when I look back to the first time I was on the bench against Norwich, they were singing my name.”
He is a player who is loved by the fans at this club and if he doesn’t leave in January I hope he can help the club out of this inconsistent season and show the form of last season.
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