“Absolute pleasure” – Charlie Austin sends emotional Swindon Town message as departure confirmed

Charlie Austin wrote a statement to Swindon Town fans after it was announced that he would be leaving the club.
Charlie Austin has expressed his delight at having a second term at Swindon Town after it was announced that he would be among a number of players leaving the club this summer.

Charlie Austin’s career thus far
Having enjoyed a few fruitful years in non-league, the Robins gave Austin a shot in the Football League when they recruited him from Poole Town as a League One club – and it turned out to be a savvy bit of business.

Austin would blossom over the next 18 months, earning a transfer to Burnley, followed by a move to QPR a few years later, with the striker playing a major role in the R’s elevation to the Premier League.

More transfers followed, as Austin appeared in almost 70 Premier League games for Southampton before helping West Brom win the league before returning to QPR.

Austin had the opportunity to travel to Australia with Brisbane Roar, but he would return to the UK, namely Swindon, in December 2022.

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Charlie Austin plans to leave Swindon Town.
Back at the County Ground, Austin scored nine goals in 20 games last season to earn a contract extension, and he has 12 in 46 this season, as the team ended 19th in League Two.

when a result, a busy summer beckons, and the club began planning it when they revealed that 11 players, including Austin, would be leaving when their contracts expired.

Charlie Austin offers an emotional message to Swindon Town.
Austin took to Instagram to reminisce on his two times with the club, and he issued a message to both the fans and the club, wishing them well in the future.

“Well…It seems my time at Swindon town has come to an end… It was an absolute pleasure to play back at my first professional club, to have the privilege of being captain and to score my 200th career goal in red.

“The lads have been amazing. I enjoyed playing with you all, and I’ve made some great friends this time, friendships that will stand the test of time and football. I hope you boys know, even though I’m not there on the pitch, I am always there off it!

Absolute pleasure” - Charlie Austin sends emotional Swindon Town message as departure  confirmed

“Swindon is a club I hold close to my heart, I watched games there as a child with friends and family, as did my wife, it’s where i was born, and I hope it was clear that whenever I put the shirt on I always said and did what I believed was best for the club (even if at times it was controversial). I was always honest – that’s because I care.

“Thank you, Clem, for the opportunity to return. I hope that the wonderful club you imagine, and the fantastic club we all know Swindon can be, is realized as soon as possible.

“Thank you to all of the fans who have supported me throughout this and my previous stints. You have always been terrific fans, digging deep and supporting the team even when times are tough. I know a few people were still angry with me for leaving the first time, but it was normal for me to want to advance in my job, and it paid off.

“I’m sure I’ll meet you all again somewhere… As you witnessed on Saturday, there’s still plenty of life in the old hound!!”

As Austin mentions at the end, it appears that his last game for Swindon was a 3-3 tie with Morecambe, in which he scored twice.

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