Holmes extends Robins loan
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Swindon Town have extended the loan of Derby County starlet Lee Holmes.Swindon Town have extended the loan of teenage winger Lee Holmes from Championship club Derby County.
The England Under-19 international has impressed Robins boss Andy King with his performances since arriving at The County Ground last month.
The 17-year-old will remain with the West Country club until February 23, though The Rams will have the option of recalling the young starlet on 24 hours' notice over the next four weeks.
King was delighted to extend the loan of the talented teenager.
"He has shown maturity well beyond his years and he has been a superb catch for us," King told Swindon's official website.
"Lee has a great attitude and is a lovely lad as well. The way he plays reminds me of Chris Waddle.
"I go everywhere looking for players and the only other player I can think of is Stewart Downing, who I tried to get last year before he made the first team."
Another player to leave the East Midlands side is youth academy midfielder Ben Wilkinson after 17-year-old opted to join League One high-flyers Hull City.
Meanwhile, Swindon director Bob Holt has confirmed the club have received a winding-up order from Customs & Excise regarding an overdue VAT payment.
The order was issued to The Robins last month and a deadline of February 2 has been set for the outstanding payment to be made or the club will face being wound up in the High Court.
Despite the deadline, Holt is confident a financial package would be in place to complete the payment.
"We are in the process of raising additional funds," Holt said.
"Our major shareholders are using property to raise these funds and it has taken slightly longer than expected.
"Customs & Excise have lost patience and gone public with the notice, as it is their right to do so, but there is no real need for alarm, as we fully expect to have the money by the end of the week."