Doncaster Rovers defender to join Swans in Summer

Swansea City are set to sign Doncaster Rovers centre back Ben Blythe in the summer after impressing during a trial with the Swans Under 23s.

According to an article in the Doncaster Free Press, the 20 year old has been spending time training and playing with the Swans Under 23s, with a deal having been agreed between the clubs for the Leeds-born defender to join the Swans at the end of the season.

The versatile 20 year old, who can play centre back or left back, has made seven first team appearances for Doncaster after making his debut on the final day of last season in the home defeat against Peterborough United.

According to Doncaster boss Gary McSheffrey, Rovers will receive a fee and the agreement includes potential add-ons and a sell-on clause.

“Ben’s been in at Swansea for about a month and he’s played in a couple of trial games,” said McSheffrey.

“He’ll be with them for the remainder of the season, training with their under-23s.

“He’s impressed and there’s a deal in place for them to sign him and take him into their under-23 programme.

“I obviously played Ben a few times when I first took over,” he added.

“He’s got some good young centre backs ahead of him in the pecking order here.

“For me he still needs a couple of years of development football to fill out and to be physically ready and robust.

“I think in the games he played for us it’s clear to see that physically he wasn’t ready for League One football.

“Ultimately we can’t give him that time and guarantee of game time to have that period to develop and he’s going into a Championship club and category two programme that’s going to serve him well for a couple of years.

The left footed 20 year old, was captain of the Doncaster Rovers Under 18 side and signed his first professional contract with the club in June 2018.