MANAGER Richie Wellens has reaffirmed his commitment to Swindon Town after significant interest from Blackpool last week, saying the County Ground is exactly where he wants to be.

Town announced the 39-year-old had agreed to a further three-and-a-half years as manager last Thursday following a blocked approach from the Tangerines to speak with Wellens about their top job.

Although, during Monday’s pre-match press conference ahead of Town’s rearranged clash with Scunthorpe United, Wellens revealed he had not actually put pen to paper just yet.

The Town boss was quick to calm any further speculation though by suggesting the deal would be signed with no further issues.

He said: “I haven’t actually signed it yet, we’re very close to sorting it out and I can’t foresee any problems.

“When it gets sorted officially, then I’ll talk about it more.

“If you read into what the club put out, it says ‘agreed’ rather than signed. Agreed and signed are two different things, but hopefully we can get it sorted as soon as possible.

“I can’t see it being a problem though – I’ve said for a long time that this is where I want to be.

“I’m not in the business of back-channelling things and speaking to clubs behind people’s back – because that’s what a lot of managers do.

“A lot of managers will leak their interest, but I think the chairman got a call from Blackpool last Sunday (February 23) and he rejected it straight away.

“He said we’ve got a job to do and we’ll carry on doing it.”

Wellens took charge of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Birmingham City on Wednesday in which Leicester City loanee Admiral Muskwe scored twice.

Danny Rose, Matty Palmer and Keshi Anderson all played 90 minutes while Hallam Hope and Kaiyne Woolery secured a much needed hour each.

Anderson was stepping up his recovery from a hamstring injury which has kept him out for over two months – though Wellens revealed the 24-year-old would have been in the matchday squad to face Mansfield Town on Saturday had the game gone ahead.

Wellens said: “It was a really valuable exercise for us because we got minutes into players that we needed to get minutes into.

“Keshi would have been in the matchday squad against Mansfield and I’d imagine he will be in the squad against Scunthorpe on Tuesday as well.

“It’s up to him to keep working hard and trying to get back in the team.”