Norwegian giants Strømsgodset to bag Manchester City defender on loan

George Swan. Picture courtesy of Manchester City
George Swan. Picture courtesy of Manchester City

MANCHESTER City academy defender George Swan will be joining Norwegian Premier League side Strømsgodset on a month’s loan at the end of the season.

The 17 year-old from Normanton marked his return from knee injury with celebrations at the Al Ain Junior International tournament, in the UAE, last week, as he helped the Citizens U18s side overcome young Inter Milan, Valencia, UAE and Al Ain teams on their way to lifting the winners’ trophy.

The central defender’s immediate plans are to help City’s youngsters win the FA Premier Academy League, in which they need only three points from their final three games against Derby County, Crewe Alexandra and Stoke City to secure a place in the play-off semi-finals.

However, Swan will also have a June loan at Strømsgodset to look forward to and the tantalising prospect of playing in the top flight of Norwegian football.

The former Leeds United academy player explained: “I will be going to Norway for three or our weeks in June and I am hoping that I will play in a couple of friendlies during the summer break and maybe even get a chance of playing a league game.

“It will be great to play some part in the [Academy League] play-offs before then and get more game time under my belt.

“The Al Ain tournament was great for me but I need to build up my fitness and get more game time because next season is a massive one.”

Swan’s long-term plan is to cement a place in City’s Academy and Reserves sides next season and a spell in Norwegian football could provide the foundations for greater success with the Premier League giants.

Drammen based side Strømsgodset currently lie third in the Tippeligaen table after a solid start to their league campaign.

The champions go on to the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds while the runners-up and third-placed club qualify for Europa League football.

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