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Cheltenham Town video: Mark Yates still keen on deal for Swindon Town winger Luke Rooney

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

TARGET: Swindon Town winger Luke Rooney is still a transfer target for Robins boss Mark Yates

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MARK Yates is still hoping to bring in winger Luke Rooney from Swindon Town, even if Marlon Pack's move to the County Ground falls through.

Rooney has been training with Cheltenham for two weeks in the hope that he can join on loan and he would have done so if Pack had made the move in the opposite direction.

But with the League One promotion chasers unable to recruit players while their takeover is finalised and approved, Pack has remained at Cheltenham – leaving Rooney stranded.

Yates has now asked to keep key midfielder Pack and add Rooney too, but it will depend on whether the board can stretch the budget to pay a significant chunk of Rooney's weekly wage at Swindon.

Speaking after Saturday's 1-1 home draw against Aldershot Town, Yates confirmed he will be asking chairman Paul Baker.

"I am still hopeful of signing Rooney and Marlon was excellent again today so I want him here," Yates said.

"We have not heard from Swindon so Marlon will be in my team next Saturday (at Accrington).

"I haven't had a proper chat with the chairman yet, but I will be discussing it with him and we'll see what happens."

Yates was once again honest enough to admit his team selection was not right against the struggling Shots as Cheltenham struggled to produce much in the way of attacking threat in the first half.

But he took positives from the second-half improvement as Cheltenham hit back from a goal down to level through Paul Benson's header.

"I thought we were excellent in the second half after a horrible first half," Yates said.

"The worst thing we did was conceding the goal because it gave them something to time waste for and they have big lads, who were screaming and shouting, which was disappointing.

"In the second half we came out with more vigour.

"All three substitutes did well and I was pleased with the character we showed.

"But I am disappointed we haven't won the game as it was one we were looking to win and should have won."

Luke McCullough, on loan from Premier League leaders Manchester United, made his senior debut, replacing the injured Steve Elliott at the end of the first half.

Yates praised the 19-year-old for a mature performance alongside fellow loanee Michael Hector

"Luke was excellent, but we knew he could play and handle the occasion," Yates said.

"He has been unlucky because we took him on loan and then signed Michael Hector, which I didn't think we could do.

"Luke showed what he is about and he looked composed and a proper defender.

"He also has a good strike on him and he can be pleased with his League debut."

Left-back Billy Jones missed the match through illness, but midfielder Darren Carter returned to the bench after an ankle problem.

Cheltenham travel to Accrington Stanley on Saturday before making another trip to the North West to face Fleetwood Town three days later.

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