Former Leeds United youngster signs contract at Manchester City

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A FORMER Leeds United starlet from Wakefield has achieved “every boy’s dream” by signing a professional contract at Premier League giants Manchester City.

Sixteen year-old George Swan, son of former Leeds United player Peter Swan, followed in his father’s footsteps when he bagged a place within the Leeds Academy but left Elland Road two years ago to join City.

And his hard work at Eastlands has paid off with a professional contract that will start on September 12 - Swan’s 17th birthday.

The promising centre-half from Normanton, who played for Durkar Devils as a junior, has appeared for City’s U16s and U18s teams but is now hoping to break into the reserve squad. He said: “I am not going to rush anything.

“I want to concentrate on improving within the U18s and take it from there but hopefully I can break into the reserves at some point within the next year.”

Swan admits that leaving Leeds was difficult but the chance to work in Manchester proved too good to turn down. He said: “I got some stick when I left Leeds because people said I was moving just for the money but that was not true.

“I wanted to challenge myself and the set-up at City is a different class.

“I had a groin injury at Leeds but as soon as I moved to Manchester they identified the problem and put me in for a hip operation that has sorted it.”

He added: “I wanted to train and play with the best players and I have improved so much.”

Swan has now moved to Manchester and harbours the dream of one day making it into the City first team, saying: “That would be my dream but I know that the demands are massive to play at that level.

“But I am just going to continue to work hard and take it one step at a time.”

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