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The son of a club legend will play up front for Bohemians next season

The Gypsies have signed former Exeter City and UCD striker Ryan Swan for the 2018 campaign.

Ryan Swan celebrates scoring a goal Ryan Swan celebrates after scoring for UCD against Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League in 2015. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

BOHEMIANS HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of 21-year-old striker Ryan Swan for the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season.

Swan moves to Dalymount Park having spent the second half of the 2017 campaign in the First Division with Cabinteely. He previously had a brief stint in England with Exeter City, which followed spells with UCD and Bray Wanderers.

“Ryan’s served his time in the First Division and has done very well,” said Bohemians manager Keith Long. “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.”

Swan’s father Derek, who was also a striker, is regarded as a club legend after spending 10 years of his playing career with the Gypsies during two separate spells in the 1980s and 90s.

The highlight of Ryan Swan’s young career so far was arguably UCD’s Europa League campaign in 2015. He scored all three of their goals over the course of ties against Dudelange of Luxembourg and Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava.

The arrival of Swan for the 2018 season boosts Bohs’ attacking options following the recent departure of Izzy Akinade, who has joined newly-promoted Waterford.

inpho_00002607 Derek Swan playing for Bohemians in 1996. Source: INPHO/Matt Browne

Bohs, who finished fifth in the Premier Division this year, now have 22 players contracted for 2018:

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, John Ross Wilson.

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