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Swindon make dig at Sky Sports as new signing Charlie Austin gives first interview

Swindon Town make a dig at Sky Sports as the new signing Charlie Austin gives his first interview on rejoining the League Two club.

Ever since the 33 year old announced via his social media that he and his family would be moving back to the UK after becoming home-sick while playing out in Australia, the thought that he’d return to the Robins were raised.

It had been reported that Swindon wanted him to return to the Wiltshire outfit that he started his career with as a pro, and Sky Sports ruined the big announcement.

Austin talked more in an interview with Sky Sports News on Wednesday night, saying: “My mind was made up really with where I was at with football and coming back across because the family was in a position where we needed to come back. My eldest was here, so it was a no-brainer.

“When I told the chairman [Clem Morfuni] that I was thinking of coming back it all kind of fell into place.

“Yeah, I did [have other offers] but I came back for family reasons. I don’t live too far from here, so it was a no-brainer for me to come back and help the football club move forward and come and play games.

“There is a young squad, and I can come and use my experience to help.”

CLUB STATEMENT:

Swindon Town have completed the signing of forward Charlie Austin on a free transfer, subject to EFL approval and international clearance.

The 33-year-old, who spent two seasons at SN1 between 2009 and 2011, has penned a deal at The County Ground until the end of the current 2022/23 campaign after agreeing a mutual termination of his contract with A-League side Brisbane Roar earlier this month.

The forward joined Swindon Town in September 2009 after impressing on trial from Poole Town, and went on to score an impressive 31 league goals in 54 appearances in his first season in professional football.

His clinical finishing earned him legend status among Town fans during his two year stint in Wiltshire, but January 2011 saw him move on to pastures new, joining Championship side Burnley on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

An equally fruitful two year period at Turf Moor ensued, where Austin averaged a league goal every two games in his 82 appearances, before Queens Park Rangers secured his services in August 2013.

He spent three seasons at Loftus Road, with his goals once again proving pivotal, as the London club secured promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs during the 2013-14 campaign.

Austin certainly wasn’t phased as he made a seamless step up to England’s top flight, as he finished the 2014-15 season as the divisions fourth highest goal scorer, with 18.

His efforts didn’t go unrecognised by then England manager, Roy Hodgson, who called him up for the first time for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland and a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia.

In January 2016, a reported £4-million pound fee took him to Southampton, where scored on his league debut against Manchester United after coming on as a second half substitute for Sadio Mane to earn Saints a late victory.

In August 2019, the Berkshire-born marksman moved to West Bromwich Albion before returning back to Queens Park Rangers in January 2021, signing permanently for The Super Hoops in June of that year.

He was then snapped up by Australian side Brisbane Roar in June this term, where he went on to make eleven appearances, scoring four goals in all competitions.

He decided to end his Aussie adventure early though and return to England this month, opting to rejoin Swindon where it all began.

Town Technical Director, Sandro Di Michele, said: “I’m really happy to bring Charlie to the club.

“He’s a player that brings with him a huge amount of experience and time spent plying his trade at the highest level, and when the opportunity arises to sign a player of his calibre, you have to take it.

“We’re really excited to see what he can deliver on the pitch, but also how he’ll help develop and educate the younger lads in our squad.”

First-Team Head Coach, Scott Lindsey, said: “I’m delighted to have Charlie onboard and this is a really top signing for the football club.

“His career speaks for itself and he’s a natural goal scorer with a lot still to offer.

“His experience both on and off the pitch will be invaluable and play a key part in driving us forward for the remainder of the season.”

Austin seemingly kept his options open, Joey Barton revealed on Thursday that Bristol Rovers was an option.

“We had Charlie Austin in the other day, he came and trained with us,” Barton said, as per BristolLive. “He’s probably made the right call signing for Swindon but we needed to have a look at him to see what he’s about.

“I played with Chaz, great goalscorer, he’ll do a fantastic job at Swindon. For us, we’ve got a lot of players in that frontline and what I didn’t want to happen was Charlie come back from Australia, sign for Swindon, bag a load of goals and we didn’t get a chance to have a look at him. We’ve had a look at him, not for us, but that’s the area where we’re stacked.”

Twitter users reacted as Swindon Town make a dig at Sky Sports as new signing Charlie Austin gives his first interview…

@James_2561: Welcome home Charlie we’ve been missing you for so long.. What a way to end a year and start a new year.

@0fficalSTFC: We need to get to Wembley so he can get revenge

@stfcthomas: i think the announcement was stalled because he didn’t have a new haircut

@archstfcc: no way. HES HOLDING THE SHIRT PEOPLE THIS IS REAL

@stfcjamie: What a man 😍

@RobjHen77: Really good news! Welcome back Charlie.

@TomSelwood4: Jonny Williams AND Charlie Austin in League Two 👀😍 #stfc

@CScott___: Just when you think you couldn’t dislike Charlie Austin anymore…….

@nufc_seb: One of the most natural finishers I’ve seen. Always said he was good enough to play for England but injuries plagued much of his career at the top. Good to see him back at #stfc for a final dance. #charlieaustin

@TomFred85:
The Charlie Austin move may or may not work out.
But there’s no point being a football fan if you can’t allow yourself to get a little bit excited when stuff like this happens.
It’s what it’s all about….
#STFC
#SalubritasEtIndustria
#ReturnOfTheKing

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