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Loan move a 'great chance' for Travers


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Mark Travers has the ideal opportunity to develop and improve during his loan move at Swindon Town, says loan player manager Carl Fletcher.

Speaking to afcb.co.uk after the 'keeper completed his temporary switch to the County Ground, former Cherries skipper Fletcher, who now oversees the club's loan moves, detailed the thinking behind the switch.

Fletcher also spoke of the success the club has had in giving their younger goalkeepers opportunities for matches on loan in the EFL.

He explained: "Travs has done really well but in an ideal situation we'd like him to play a few more games, which is what we did with Aaron Ramsdale, who really benefited from his loans with Chesterfield and Wimbledon, and they really helped him progress as a player.

"It's the same for Travs now. Especially for goalkeepers, they have to actually go out and play the games and it's a great opportunity for him to do that.

"The goalkeeping department have made a document on all the best goalkeepers in the world and how many games they'd played by a certain age. From that you can see it's invaluable, as we've tried to do in recent years, for our goalkeepers to get as many games as possible at the best level they can.

"History shows that the more games they play when they're younger the better they become as they start to get older."

The Republic of Ireland international joined the Robins until the end of the season on Wednesday.

John Sheridan's side currently sit 23rd in the League One table, with a tough match away to Ipswich Town scheduled for Saturday.

Fletcher is now excited to see the progress Travers is hoped to make during the temporary move away.

"This gives him the chance for games, to develop and to keep improving," he said. "That's what we want going forwards, Swindon is a good club.

"Fingers crossed it all goes well for him there, he enjoys himself and performs well and Swindon perform well off the back of it."

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