Fans dip into their pockets to keep Norwich City youngster Harry Toffolo at Swindon
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Canaries youngster Harry Toffolo is a popular lad down Swindon way – so much so that the local fans have chipped into help keep him for the rest of the season.
Toffolo has enjoyed success on the pitch and popularity off it, and has extended his loan deal with the League One club to the end of the season – thanks to a £12,000 donation put together by a collective including the Trust and Swindon Town Supporters' Club.
'After the club had supported our Family Day against Fleetwood, we wanted to give something back and this seemed the ideal way really,' said Supporters' Trust chairman Steve Mytton.
'We're delighted that Harry has signed until the end of the season – he's a great talent and we look forward to seeing him continue the excellent form he's showed so far.
'We want to bring the club and the community closer together, because we all love the football club, and using a bit of spare cash to fund players is a good thing.'
The money has come from the Red Army Fund, launched in 2003 exclusively for player loan purposes.
While Toffolo has expressed the hope that he can help Swindon into the Championship, his top-class performances have been matched by a personal generosity: last month he expressed a desire to do more in the community, which was when fans knew he was the player they wanted to support.
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'He's a brilliant example to all of his fellow professionals,' said Mytton. 'When he put a call out over the Christmas period asking how he could help the community I knew we had the right person.
'I've found him to be incredibly mature for his age, he understands the privileged position that footballers hold, and wants to give back. He's the perfect fit for TrustSTFC, which is why we've also sponsored his kit for the remainder of the season.'