Swansea confirm League of Ireland loan deals for two players

Swansea send two players to League of Ireland.

Swansea City manager Russell Martin has confirmed that two of the club’s young players are heading to the League of Ireland on loan, with Dundalk and Shelbourne set to avail.

Midfielder Dan Williams is set to link up with Stephen O’Donnell’s Dundalk side, while Shels boss Damien Duff will welcome Wales under-21 goalkeeper Lewis Webb to Tolka Park.

Dan Williams.

Williams has made two senior appearances for the Swans, both of which came in this season’s Carabao Cup.

The 20-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both the first and second round as Swansea overcame Reading and Plymouth Argyle 3-0 and 4-1 respectively.

Williams particularly impressed against Plymouth, scoring a goal and providing an assist as his side eased into round three.

He has been on the bench on four occasions in the EFL Championship this season, without getting on the pitch, and was also named as a substitute in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Southampton, in which Shane Long scored an extra-time winner.

Williams comes to Oriel Park as O’Donnell embarks on his first season in charge of his old club, just months after leading St. Patrick’s Athletic to FAI Cup glory.

Lewis Webb.

As for Webb, he is being brought to Shelbourne in order to provide competition for fellow goalkeepers Brendan Clarke and Colm Cox.

Webb, also 20, has even less first team experience than Williams but like his colleague, has watched the first-team play from the bench this season.

He has been named as a substitute on two occasions in the Championship and twice in the Carabao Cup.

While it’s unlikely that he’ll walk straight into Duff’s first team, he could follow the lead of Vitezslav Jaros, who showed last season how a loan move across the Irish Sea can boost a goalkeeper’s reputation.

The Czech stopper spent the 2021 campaign with O’Donnell at St. Pat’s and enjoyed a successful season, culminating in that FAI Cup Final victory over Bohemians at the Aviva Stadium in November.

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