RICHIE Wellens will make a decision regarding trialist goalkeeper Nikolay Krastev’s future at Swindon Town within the next week.

Krastev has been on trial with the club since the start of pre-season, and featured in games against Brimscombe and Thrupp, Swindon Supermarine, Hungerford Town and Birmingham City U23s.

Wellens was keen to test Krastev’s ability in goal on Friday at Birmingham’s Wast Hills training ground – a game Town lost 6-1 – after facing few chances to prove himself in previous non-league fixtures.

Wellens said: “We’ll make a decision privately in the next few days.

“We wanted to give Nikolay (Krastev) 90 minutes. We’ve got a ‘keeper in on trial that has played two or three games and not had a shot to save.

“We knew it would be a bigger test against Birmingham, and we knew he would have shots to save – and that was certainly the case.”

Meanwhile, Town have been dealt two injury blows this pre-season, with Danny Rose and Cameron McGilp both sidelined.

Rose is likely to return to full training in mid-August following surgery, while McGilp is out for four to five weeks with a hamstring knock.

Dion Conroy was also in on Saturday (July 20) to manage a knock he picked up at Birmingham on Friday after being unintentionally kicked.

Wellens added: “Luke McCormick is fine and back in training.

“Dion (Conroy) got a kick, he was in on Saturday to manage the situation.

“I don’t think Dion is a natural holding midfielder, but I haven’t got a midfield player at the minute that can play that position the way I want them to.

“I’m looking – I think we need someone in the middle of the pitch that can win the ball back and be defensively stable.”