LOAN WATCH: Stephens and Turnbull enjoying Swindon spell

By SFC Media time Wed 22 Apr Club

Having seen their close friends lift the Under-21 Premier League Cup, Southampton duo Jordan Turnbull and Jack Stephens are hoping for success of their own at Swindon Town.

Turnbull and Stephens have played a crucial role in helping the Robins to fourth place in Sky Bet League 1 during their time on loan at the County Ground.

While the automatic promotion places, which looked a possibility a few months ago, now look out of sight, the duo can’t wait for the opportunity to compete in the play-offs.

Ahead of their game against Walsall on Tuesday night, a game they drew 3-3, Stephens and Turnbull spoke to about their successful temporary spell.

“It’s been a brilliant season for us, coming out on loan and getting the experience that we need,” Stephens said. “We’ve really enjoyed it and it has been good to get that experience and play plenty of games.

“I knew the lads and the coaching staff from before and I knew they were confident about the season and felt we had the potential to push on. To be in fourth is a massive achievement and hopefully we can finish it off in style.”

Turnbull is currently enjoying his first full season of competitive action, and has missed just two games this season through suspension. The 20 year-old, who signed a new deal with Southampton earlier this season, says he’s matured both on and off the pitch.

“It’s been brilliant coming back to Swindon where I started off. I think we’ve overachieved this season,” he said. “We have the play-offs to look forward to now. It’s been a successful season, especially on individual terms.

“There’s more responsibility playing in a competitive league. Coming here and living away from home with Jack has been fantastic. I’ve grown up as a person and as a player.”

Stephens and Turnbull were both at St Mary’s on Monday night to watch Saints lift the Under-21 Premier League Cup, with the duo both joining in the celebrations in the dressing room after the game.

Having seen the joy on the faces of his close friends, it’s something Stephens wants to replicate come the end of the season with Swindon Town.

“We’ve watched them a few times this year and we went back on Monday to watch them in the final,” added Stephens. “I said to Jordan on the way home seeing them celebrate the win just makes you want to win something yourself.

“We have the chance to do that at the end of the season. For the boys back there it was a massive achievement and were really pleased for them.”

But it’s not just Stephens and Turnbull keeping an eye on their parent club. Saints have kept regular contact with the duo throughout the campaign and Turnbull believes that has been a big boost for him personally.

“They are excellent at keeping an eye on us,” Turnbull commented. “I think it’s perfect that we are going back and having regular meetings to talk about our progress.”

Stephens, who is enjoying his second stint with the Robins, agrees: “Every time we go back they know how we’re getting on and how our results have gone. They are taking a massive interest so it’s only positive for us. It’s a big incentive to do well.”

Do well they have, and Robins boss Mark Cooper was full of praise for the pair. “They have been outstanding,” he enthused. “The one thing you know when they come from Southampton is it’s not going to be too different at all.

“They concentrate there with the ball and play football. It’s not too dissimilar to how we do it and we knew it was low risk taking the boys.

“Both of them are brilliant individuals and they have done tremendously well on the pitch. They are both very comfortable in possession. They have been brilliant acquisitions for us.”

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