Matej Kovar’s loan has come to an early end at Swindon Town.

The MEN reported Kovar was recalled by United, with Swindon having other plans.

Swindon hours later announced a deal to sign Mark Travers on loan from Bournemouth.

The loan deal was a mixed one for Kovar. He played 18 games for Swindon, which was good experience in itself. But he only kept one clean sheet.

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The writing was on the wall for Kovar when the manager who signed him, Richie Wellens, quit the club for Salford City at the end of October.

Kovar was in and out of the side since, and struggled to convince. Swindon sit second bottom of the League One table and it is their prerogative to make a change.

 

This clearly was not what the 20-year-old had hoped for. He sent a message out on social media, saying his loan ended earlier than he expected.

He was also critical of his own performances and said he did not play to the level he was capable of, saying he will take it as ‘a big lesson’.

United will now work with Kovar to assess his options and whether to find him another loan or use him with the under-23s in the second half of the season.

He was one of United’s best players at under-23 level last season and looked ready for this challenge.

Getting back to his best will be a mental test as much as a technical one, with his confidence possibly dented by the Swindon experience. United have work to do with him to get the young goalkeeper back on track.

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