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Mike Grella's decision to quit Swindon Town amazes Hart

Mike Grella
Grella scored one goal in his seven games for Swindon

Swindon manager Paul Hart believes they are "better off without" striker Mike Grella, who cut short his loan spell at the club to return to Leeds United.

The 24-year-old American arrived on an emergency deal shortly before Hart took the helm at the County Ground.

"His view was that he hadn't played enough football yet he started in five of the seven games that I've been in charge," Hart told BBC Wiltshire.

"It's amazing. It's beyond me. We don't need people like that."

Grella said on Twitter: "Under the new management I wasn't getting games. My reason for joining Swindon was to help them and to also get games in.

"I have a great respect for the club and all the people involved. I hope they stay up because they have a great group of lads and the club deserves to be up higher."

He scored one goal in his spell at the club against Dagenham and Redbridge and came off the bench in a sixth game under Hart.

The manager added: "He expressly wished to go back to Leeds, but what he's going to do back there I don't know."

On the pitch Hart believes his side can finally make their relegation rivals sweat after a first win in 19 games at Brentford that have boosted confidence with five games to go.

"You need wins to compound the work that you're doing and hopefully that will now enable us to push forward," Hart said.

"The players are obviously happy they've got a win, but there's been an underlying streak of belief all along and there have been no nerves shown."

Swindon are now five points from safety with five games remaining, the first two of which are at home against MK Dons and fellow basement-battlers Notts County.

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Brentford 0-1 Swindon
11 Apr 11 |  League One
Swindon Town sign striker Grella
24 Feb 11 |  Swindon

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