Darius rejects Swindon offer
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Swindon Town have failed to agree terms with Gillingham's Darius Henderson.Gillingham striker Darius Henderson has rejected Swindon Town's first contract offer to join the League One side.
The former Reading hit-man had a successful loan spell with The Robins recently and his displays for the Wiltshire club prompted manager Andy King to make a permanent move for the player.
The County Ground side agreed a deal with The Gills, but after lengthy discussions over personal terms with Henderson and his agent, the striker has turned down Swindon's first offer.
The Robins will hope Henderson reconsiders the offer made to him, but King is already resigned to missing out on the goalscorer.
"In my opinion, I think it could be finished now and the deal is conceded," King told the club's official website.
"If a player does not want to come here, then he doesn't want to come here.
"The club has made the best effort to get him here and tried with some good personal terms.
"However, the agent rang this morning and refused the offer."
Henderson's refusal of Swindon's terms may open the door for League One rivals Bristol City and Doncaster Rovers to step in for the striker.
The Ashton Gate club have yet to agree a fee for the player after issuing a revised offer to their first bid that was rejected by Gillingham.
Doncaster, meanwhile, are also looking to bring Henderson to Belle Vue, but Donny assistant manager Mickey Walker concedes it will be the striker's decision to make.
"I know he is a local lad but that will not be a big factor and I know that Gillingham can accept all the offers, but it will be up to the lad as to where he goes," Walker told Doncaster's official website.