The club has announced that Olly Lancashire has joined Swindon on a two-year deal from Shrewsbury .The 28-year-old is the second centre back to join the club within five days.
Lancashire spent most of his youth career at Crystal Palace but then went to Southampton. He made his debut for the Saints aged 20 but got sent off. After a couple of loan spells with Grimsby, Southampton released him ahead of the 2010-11 campaign. Despite having a shaky start to his career Walsall took a risk and signed him. At Walsall, Lancashire grew as a player and gained valuable Football League experience. Lancashire had a brief spell with Aldershot before signing for Rochdale. The 28-year-old played three seasons for Dale and was even captain at the start of the 2014-15 season. Lancashire then went to Shrewsbury after rejecting a contract from Rochdale.
After the signing was announced, Lancashire had some words to say about his transfer to the County Ground. He said, “I’m very happy to be here. You want to win silverware as a footballer and I’ll be looking to do that here.”
The ex-Shrewsbury man has racked up over 200 appearances in his career so far. The defender has played in League Two before with Grimsby Town so he knows what the league’s about. His experience in the division will help Town in their promotion bid to try and get back into League One at the first time of asking.
This is Flitcroft’s second signing of the day with Ben Perkiss also joining the club from Port Vale. Both have come in on free transfers and both have signed two-year deals at the club. David Flitcroft has signed five players since taking the helm. It’s clear to see that Swindon aren’t planning to stay in League Two for too long and with five signings in six days Swindon and Flitcroft are sending out a clear message to the rest of League Two.