Gypsies sign former Students star Swan

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Keith Long has added to his Bohemians squad ahead of Christmas with the arrival of twenty-one-year-old striker Ryan Swan. The former UCD hit-man was most recently on the books of Cabinteely having returned to the League of Ireland following what can only sadly be described as a disappointing spell in English football with Exeter City. However, it is the form the former ‘’Student’’ showed during his time at the UCD Bowl, which indeed earned Swan the move to League Two, that followers of Bohemians will look towards following the centre-forwards arrival at Dalymount Park yesterday evening.

Signing for UCD ahead of the 2015 season, Swan was an instant hit as he bagged twelve goals in twenty-six First Division appearances but more famously scored all three of the ‘’Students’’ goals during their famous Europa League qualification run, which saw Collie O’Neill’s team win through one round on the continent despite being a second tier side domestically at the time. The ‘’College’’ eventually finished the 2015 season in the First Division play-offs where they were over-turned by the eventual play-off winners Finn Harps.

With Swan now a marked man and attracting previously unseen attention, the striker found the following campaign tougher as the former Bray player only converted six times from twenty-eight league appearances. However, Swan still showed enough in his two seasons with the ‘’Students’’ to earn a move to League Two Exeter City in February 2017.

After failing to make a single appearance in the ‘’Greacians’’ first-team squad, Swan returned to Dublin in July of this year with Cabinteely his port of call. Eight appearances and one goal later, Swan has again done enough to catch the attention of a big club with a revitalised Bohemians outfit making the call for Swan’s services ahead of the new 2018 campaign.

Having lost star-man Ismail Akinade to new boys Waterford FC, ‘’Bohs’’ boss Keith Long will be delighted to have added some more attacking options to select from ahead of one of the biggest opening games in years as Bohemians will face arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers on February 16th.

Having defied the odds to finish in an impressive top-half position last term, ‘’Bohs’’ fans will now be hoping the club can kick on and start contending for a place in European football once again, following some dark years financially at the famous old club.

Speaking to Bohemainfc.ie after securing his man, Keith Long was quick to stress how Swan was now ready for the step up to top-flight football.

He said: “Ryan’s served his time in the First Division and has done very well.

“It’s a big step up to the Premier Division but he deserves his chance.

“He’s hungry to do well and we believe he’s capable of doing so at this level.

“He’s a Finglas lad and his dad played for the club. He’s his own man and a different kind of player but he already has Bohs in his blood.

“I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Son of former Bohemians player Derek Swan, Ryan joins a list of twenty-one others already signed on with the ‘’Gypsies’’ for 2018. Wearing the Red and Black of ‘’Bohs’’ next season will be Oscar Brennan, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Rob Cornwall, Kevin Devaney, Philip Gannon, Jamie Hamilton, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, JJ Lunney, Cristian Magerusan, Colin McCabe, Eoghan Morgan, Ian Morris, Derek Pender, Fuad Sule, Shane Supple, Ryan Swan, Warren O’Hora, Keith Ward and John Ross Wilson.

With the likes of Bray Wanderers still searching for a new manager and with only five-players, who are believed to want away, under contact at present for 2018, Bohemians certainly seem to have their act together in terms of preparation for what will undoubtedly be a huge season at Dalymount Park.