Swindon Town sign former Arsenal defender Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill

Swindon Town have officially announced the signing of former Arsenal prospect Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill.

Swindon Town have, on their official website, announced the signing of former Arsenal academy player Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, with the defender signing a two-year deal at The County Ground.

Back in June, the player revealed, on his Facebook page, that a deal with the club had been agreed. However, the Robins have waited until the opening of the transfer window before formally announcing their first incoming transfer of the summer.

The England youth international was a regular in Arsenal's U21 side last season, making 15 appearances and scoring two goals - while he also captained the under-18 team towards the end of the 2012-13 season. He had been invited to train with the Arsenal first-team on numerous occasions by manager Arsene Wenger, which suggests he has plenty of potential.

This deal represents a continuation of a transfer policy at Swindon that has proved so successful throughout the last few seasons - investing time and faith in talented young players. The same approach saw Mark Cooper's inexperienced side fall just short of promotion from League One last term, with a 4-0 defeat to Preston North End at Wembley proving a step too far.

Speaking to the club's official website, the youngster revealed that Town's style of play was a factor in him deciding to move to Wiltshire.

"It's a great club," he said. "They play young players and it's a good opportunity for me to get first team minutes.

"I'm a left wing-back, I like to get forward... but obviously still do my defensive duties. It fits the way Swindon play and that's a good reason why I moved."

Ormonde-Ottewill will join up with a host of former north Londoners at the County Ground, including Nathan Byrne, Yaser Kasim and Jon Obika who all joined from rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Meanwhile, his arrival will soften the blow struck by the departures of Ben Gladwin and Massimo Luongo, who both left for Queens Park Rangers last month.

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