Liverpool academy goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has resumed his season loan spell at Swindon Town after apologising for attempting to pay a fine in pennies.
The 21-year-old, signed from Tottenham in 2014, hit the headlines earlier this week after it emerged he had attempted to pay a fine for turning up late for training in pennies.
He was disciplined by Swindon and dropped for their game at the weekend, but after talks at Liverpool on Monday, the Londonder returned to the League One side and apologised to his team mates and manager.
“Lawrence is going to come back. He is very humble and very apologetic,” Swindon boss Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire.
Vigouroux attended Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers and will now be contention for selection for Saturday’s game at Blackpool.
“He knows the way he behaved was wrong and he has been in the changing room after the game and apologised to the players,” Cooper said.
“He asked them if they wanted him back and they all said yes. Lawrence is an exceptional young goalkeeper and it’s important he learns from this little mishap and it will benefit his career going forward.”
Asked about the nature of the issue, Cooper confirmed: “It did happen and I thought it was brilliant banter, but in the context it was the wrong way to go about it.
“We are giving him a second chance and I’m sure he will be grateful.”
Swindon Town released the following statement:
SWINDON Town can confirm that on-loan goalkeeper, Lawrence Vigouroux’s absence from the starting line-up last Saturday was as a result of an individual indiscretion.
Vigouroux was late to a training session last week and was subsequently withdrawn from the starting XI against Colchester United.
After the weekend, he was called to a meeting in Liverpool by his parent club’s academy staff to explain his actions.
Following on from this meeting, Vigouroux has now returned to SN1 and will be available for selection again by Swindon Town this weekend. Contrary to reports, his loan agreement has not been terminated.
The club considers this disciplinary matter to have now been dealt with and would like to move on swiftly.