Heywood leaves Robins
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Matt Heywood says that he decided to leave Swindon for financial reasons.Matt Heywood says that he decided to leave Swindon for financial reasons.
The 25-year-old played over 200 games for The Robins, but has decided not to sign a new contract at The County Ground.
Heywood's contract expires in the summer and he says his decision not to sign a new one was influenced by the financial troubles at the club.
"I'd been offered another one year contract, which is all the club can afford to offer," said Heywood.
"Basically with the financial situation at the club and not being paid on time, I just felt it wasn't right to stay.
"It was a tough decision. I've been here four and a half years.
"When I first had a meeting with the gaffer about the contract situation I told him I was looking to stay, we were talking about a two-year deal and I was happy.
"He then had a meeting with the board and came back a week later and said there's trouble. The budget was being cut again and his hands were tied.
"I've spoken to a few clubs but honestly, hand on heart I don't know where I'll be playing next season."
Swindon boss Andy King paid tribute to Heywood, and fully understands his decision to leave.
"The offers Matty's getting are too difficult for me to keep him here, not only better offers but long-term offers.
"It's a short career and players have to earn a living.
"He has been here a long time and has been a great free transfer and a great servant.
"I told him I think he's been fantastic. He isn't a one-year wonder that has chosen to move on.
"It's just that he sees change as his next move."