RETURNING winger Lloyd Isgrove will not start when Swindon Town visit Grimsby Town in League Two tomorrow, instead he is likely to impact the game from the bench midway through the second half.

Isgrove hasn’t played a competitive game since he was forced off the field with a knee injury during Town’s 4-0 win away at Crawley Town on October 26.

Boss Richie Wellens pondered playing the 26-year-old on Wednesday night at Westbury United in the Wiltshire Premier Shield – a game Swindon won 7-0 – but, ultimately, wasn’t prepared to risk his only proven winger on an unknown surface.

Without a game under his belt in six weeks, Wellens told the Adver he will stay loyal to the team that has helped the club go on a five-game winning run in the EFL’s bottom tier.

Wellens said: “Lloyd returning is not a headache for me at all, he’s not match fit.

“If he had three or four games behind closed doors, then it’s different. But he has only trained for two days, so it’s an easy decision.

“He’ll be on the bench and if I need him for 15 or 20 minutes, he will be there to impact the game.

“My biggest word is trust. Players must trust me.

“If they play well, I will stick with them – regardless of who is waiting in the wings.

“This group of players have been on a great run, so I will be sticking by them.”

Meanwhile, Wellens’ search for a National League club that will take promising midfielder Cameron McGilp on loan has so far been unsuccessful.

The Australian-raised youngster, who signed for Town on deadline day back in January, spent a month at National League South outfit Hungerford Town – he last played for the Crusaders on November 16 against Eastbourne Borough.

Although one club declared interest in McGilp, nothing came to fruition.

Wellens said: “We were close with one club (in the National League), but they haven’t really committed.

“Midfield is a strong area for us at the moment, particularly with Danny Rose coming back from injury.

“Jordan Lyden had to come off against Mansfield, but his hamstring is now OK – he’s fit.

“I want young players to get game time, but we’re strong in midfield.”