Double promotion celebration a possibility for Swindon Town loanee Harry Toffolo

PUBLISHED: 11:01 21 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:39 21 May 2015

Harry Toffolo. Photo: Swindon Town FC/Rob Noyes

Harry Toffolo. Photo: Swindon Town FC/Rob Noyes


Harry Toffolo faces a race against time in order to prove his fitness ahead of Swindon Town’s League One play-off final against Preston North End at Wembley this Sunday.

The former Welwyn Pegasus player, currently on loan at the County Ground from Championship Norwich City, picked up an injury in the Robins’ 1-1 draw at Colchester United on April 28, thus missing their final regular league fixture of the season, plus the epic 7-6 aggregate win over Sheffield United in the play-off semi-final.

With the days counting down to their Wembley date with the Deepdale side, Toffolo is hoping he can show he is ready to start the high-pressure clash.

Speaking to the BBC, Toffolo said: “I have trained the last couple of days which has been really good.

“Obviously with the doubt of Nathan (Thompson) and other players in the team, you need to be ready because if you’re needed you can be called upon.

“I did work on my fitness while I was injured and I feel sharp and strong and the last few training sessions I have felt really good.”

The clash against the Lilywhites holds personal significance for the teenage full-back, having made his professional debut in a 1-0 home victory over Simon Grayson’s side back in November.

A starting role this Sunday in front of his friends and family would cap a superb first season, in which Toffolo, from Watton-at-Stone, has turned out 29 times for Mark Coopers’ side.

He continued: “Everyone will be there.

“It is a big day out and people I never even knew were part of my family will be there so it is a big one.

“You rarely get time to spend time altogether so I hope this one can be a fun one for all of them with the right result.”

Should Swindon regain their second-tier status for the first time since 2000, it could be a double celebration as parent club Norwich are also in Wembley action the following day.

The Canaries take on Middlesbrough in the Monday’s Championship play-off final so depending on results, Toffolo could be sitting in the stands, just 24 hours after hopefully playing in front on the hallowed turf.

Toffolo said: “I have spoke to a Norwich associate and he said he’s got a couple of tickets for me if I want them so I said ‘definitely’.

“If we do well, I would love to be there because it could be a double promotion.”

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