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  • Another young defender signs..

    .. for the Academy, I guess.  Not sure of his age now though but on 18 months contract.

    Caernarfon-born defender snapped up by Championship side Swansea City

    Cian Williams has been signed by Swansea City.

    A CAERNARFON-BORN footballer has been signed by Championship club Swansea City as an apprentice.

    Former Coleg Menai sports student Cian Owain Williams began his career with local club Cae Glyn United that, at the time, was managed by his father, Owain.

    At the age of six, he moved to Bangor City’s academy before signing for Wrexham when he was 14 years old.

    Whilst at Wrexham, Cian was selected to represent Wales U16 in the Victory Shield tournament in Ireland, and then helped Wales U17 qualify for the Elite rounds of the UEFA U17 Championships in March.

    At 16 years and 149 days old, he became the second youngest player to appear for Wrexham when he came on as a second-half substitute in a cup match versus Ayr United, but the defender also became the youngest Wrexham player to play at The Racecourse in a senior match, beating a record previously held by Robbie Evans.

    Cian’s exploits for Wrexham and Wales instantly caught the eye of Swansea City’s recruitment team and, after a successful trial period, he was offered an 18-month contract.

    The former Ysgol Syr Huw Owen pupil, who hails former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard as his playing idol, is thankful to the coaches who helped him on his journey - Alwyn Jones of Bangor City and Gareth Richards of Wrexham - and one day wants to emulate his idol by playing Premier League football and representing his country at senior level.

    “I have seen players moving from Wrexham - Neil Taylor, a fine example - playing at Swansea in the Premier League and being called up to the national squad. Hopefully, that will be me one day,” he said.

    Coleg Menai Academi Coordinator and former professional footballer Marc Lloyd Williams was delighted to see Cian finally rewarded for his efforts, saying: “He has worked hard over the past couple of years and fully deserves the opportunity. During his short time with us here, he was a conscientious young individual who took huge pride in both his football and academic work.”

    “Cian, who also played for the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai football team, was selected for both the Welsh Schools U18 & Welsh Colleges U19 squads whilst still a student at Coleg Menai, showing that there is a pathway for players who may be late developers.

    “He has also shown that, if you work hard enough, you can combine your academic studies with aspiring to become a professional athlete.”
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  • Another young defender signs..

    Been on trial last October and November playing in the U18's making his Swans U18 debut at Southampton in a 3-1 win in the PL Cup match on the 26th October 2019. Earlier in the season the 16 year old had made his debut for Wrexham’s first team in a Scottish League Challenge Cup tie v Ayr United as sub for McIntosh on the 7th September 2019. When Cian Williams came on as a second half substitute, he became the second youngest Wrexham player in their long history. 

    I believe a second youngster is going to be announced this week, an ex-Watford academy forward

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  • Swansea City on the 22 January

    A really exciting winger who blended in well with Robbie and Curtis and would have seen us promoted that year when we lost out on goal difference. Harry Griffiths doesn't take enough credit for the players he brought into the side and set the foundations for Toshack 
    W Evans, Curtis, James, Charles, Stevenson, D Lewis were all from his youth set up and all regulars in our best ever finish in the top flight.
    Mark_Jack_Londonmoorlands
  • Swansea City on the 22 January

    A really exciting winger who blended in well with Robbie and Curtis and would have seen us promoted that year when we lost out on goal difference. Harry Griffiths doesn't take enough credit for the players he brought into the side and set the foundations for Toshack 
    W Evans, Curtis, James, Charles, Stevenson, D Lewis were all from his youth set up and all regulars in our best ever finish in the top flight.
    Mark_Jack_Londonmoorlands
  • Match Discussion: Stoke City v Swans - Championship 2019/20

    That was my thinking about Guehi MJL and Phillip bit I take your point on possibly needing another defender for the subs bench. I’d say Dhanda over Dyer at the moment which would mean having to drop Dyer. A pity really as I still rate Dyer despite his limitations these days.
    Jackareme
  • Potter after Celina

    If there’s anything in the rumour that Potter wants Celina, I’m in the keep Celina camp.
    Hopefully he’ll become more consistent with us but I don’t think he’s the player Brighton need in their present position.
    Mark_Jack_London
  • Match Discussion: Swans v Wigan Athletic - Championship 2019/20

    I mistyped - wrote 'first 25' when of course I meant 'first 28' - in other words, in a like-for-like comparison of Potter and Cooper, Potter had a points return of +1.4 per game up to this point last season and -1.4 per game for the final 18 games. In comparson Cooper has a return rate of +1.6 per game at this point and with Brewster and Gallagher on board we can legitimately hope for more in the final run-in.

    I take your point about Potter's brief golden era starting on New Year's Day 2018. At +1.5 that's still off Cooper's average, although are only five points and three places between the two managers after matchday 28 so I am not going to over-claim the significance of these stats. Just wanted to point out that Potter's glory days were often hugely entertaining but we mustn't airbrush the past - there were quite a few really bad days too.
    barryJackaremeSeaJackcimlajackDDWT
  • January Transfer Window 2020

    deekay. I thought there may be other numpties like me, who didn’t bother going on the “transfers” thread, so wouldn’t have know about this major, massive, tumultuous event ! {~:
    SeaJackPabloDDWT
  • Swansea City on the 22 January

    Micky Conway.

    Remember the name. Never realised a car crash ended his career at just 22.
    DDWT
  • Potter after Celina

    SeaJack,
    you make your own mind up on your feelings regarding how stable the club is in, as others will do. My opinion is that it is in a far better place now than where it was after relegation from the PL.
    Dan's form in a poor Man U team appears to be going sideways but would anybody have felt he would have made the impact that he did during the early weeks of the PL. I have no doubt that we had an extremely good deal for him, especially when one considers that the fee was paid in one payment and add-ons were attached. You can't look back and say we should have asked more for Dan, nobody could have predicted the huge impression he would make.

    Pablo