First Division side, Cabinteely have today announced something of a coup with the signing of former UCD goal hero, Ryan Swan. The twenty-one-year old striker arrives following an unsuccessful spell in English football with Exeter City. In fact, Swan failed to make a single first team appearance for the “Grecians”, who he signed for following a now famous run of three goals in four European games for the “College”.
Registering eighteen goals in his two season spell at the UCD Bowl, Swan’s departure was seen as a real hammer blow to Collie O’Neill’s sides chances of promotion for 2017 as his move to Exeter was announced in February. However, O’Neil’s young side have surprised many this season and remain in title contention going into the First Division run-in. The arrival of Swan to Dublin rivals Cabinteely could play a major role in where the title ends up, with his new side Cabinteely also preforming above pre-season expectations. The South-Dublin side currently sit in sixth-position, just nine-points behind their local rivals, who are just two wins off the pace set by leaders, Waterford FC with just nine-games remaining.
Despite a quick return from English football, interest in Swan was high and “Cabo” director of football spoke of his delight in capturing the signature of Swan when speaking to the Cabinteely FC website:
“We are delighted to have Ryan here, it’s a brilliant opportunity for Ryan and Cabinteely. It’s a great fit, he’s been out injured since coming back from Exeter, now it’s an opportunity to put himself in the shop window and show everyone what he can do.”
Having also previously been on the books at Bray Wanderers, Swan is already familar with the experienced Devlin and spoke of his desire to work with him at a club as he describes as being on the rise.
“I am delighted to be here. It’s a great club, Cabo are a club on the rise. I have good ties with Pat and I wanted to link up again with him. I can’t wait to get going now. The target now is to get in the team, get scoring goals and enjoying my football again.” (Via loi.cabinteelyfc.ie)
Swan will return to UCD on Friday, July 28th in a South-Dublin derby with some added spice but his debut with “Cabo” very may well come this Friday with a trip to crisis club, Athlone Town.
Should Swan be able to recapture his previous First Division form under Devlin, he very well could follow in the footsteps of players like Sean Maguire, Keith Fahey and Richie Towell, who all required moves back to the LOI after failed spells abroad to reignite their cross-channel prospects.
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