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Brentford sign John Swift on loan from Chelsea

1 October 2015

Attacking midfield player comes in on one-month Youth Loan

Brentford have signed Chelsea’s England youth international midfield player John Swift on loan for a month. The 20-year-old completed the move this morning, Thursday 1 October, and will be available for Brentford’s Sky Bet Championship match away to Derby County on Saturday. John will remain with The Bees on a Youth Loan until 31 October.

Lee Carsley, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “John played against us for Chelsea’s Development Squad level in August and was very good. He has lots of energy and can play in various positions. He likes to shoot, which is something that we want in the team.

“John is a really exciting player and it is great that Chelsea feel this is the right environment for him to develop.”

Phil Giles, Co-Director of Football, added: "I'm delighted that we've persuaded John to join us on loan for the next month. He is a talented young player with a big future ahead of him. After discussing the situation with Lee we decided it was a good solution to bring a loan player in at this time, as John will bring some additional attacking qualities to our midfield."

John was on the books of Portsmouth before he joined Chelsea. He progressed through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and was part of Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup winning team in 2012, turning professional the same year. He played for The Blues at Under-21 level when just 16 and appeared in a second FA Youth Cup Final in 2013 before helping the West London side win the FA Premier Under-21 League in 2013/14.

John had loan spells last season at Rotherham United and Swindon Town after making his Premier League debut in May 2014, at the end of a season where he scored 15 goals from midfield in all competitions for Chelsea. He played in the Sky Bet Championship for Rotherham and scored twice in 14 games for Swindon in League One before injury ended his season early.

The midfield player has represented England at every level from Under-16 to Under-20. He has played for his country 32 times in total, scoring once. He will wear the number 19 shirt.

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