SWINDON Town attacker, Scott Twine is hoping the second half of this season can be a defining period in his career as a footballer.

The 21-year-old was a successful product of the Town’s academy, though his early senior days saw Twine forced to make do with bit-part cameos prior to being loaned out to National League South side, Chippenham Town, and Waterford in Ireland.

However, Twine’s fledgling career began to take off at the beginning of this season when a loan to Newport County – which saw many question the destination – resulted in a blistering patch of form so hot that it caused an early recall to Swindon.

Now, after scoring his first goal of the season for his boyhood club in fine style, Twine is keen to make this campaign the start of a prosperous professional career.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wiltshire Sport, Twine said: “Hopefully, this is the start of something good. I’m just going to keep working hard and see where it takes me.

“I suppose it’s a compliment that I was called back. Swindon have brought me back for a reason, which means I was doing something right at Newport.

“To come back and play straight away, that shows that the club has trust in me, and hopefully I can repay that.

“I have to thank Newport for giving me that opportunity to express myself and to play with confidence.”

The exciting 21-year-old went on to reveal what Town boss, John Sheridan said to him upon his return to Wiltshire.

Twine said: “The gaffer said he’s seen how I’ve been doing at Newport and he likes how I’ve been playing.

“I’ve taken risks, I’ve had shots, I’ve played with confidence. He told me to come back and express myself, within reason, and work hard – that’s what I tried to do on Saturday.”

The League Two goal of the month winner for October believes Town are a better team than their position in League One shows right now, but they will only reflect their ability with continued hard work in the coming games.

Twine said: “We’re a good team, I knew we were a good team before I came back, but I don’t think the position in the table justifies that because we are better than where we are in the table.

“Hopefully, we can push on and prove that now. Everyone knows we’ve got to knuckle down and work hard, we’ve got to give our all in every game.

“You’ve got to do that to give yourself the best chance of winning a game.”