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John Swift – A Football Background

1 August 2014

A profile on the Millers new signing...

Portsmouth-born midfielder John Swift joined Premier League giants Chelsea as a 14-year-old, working his way up to the first-team after making his professional debut last season.

The 19-year-old box-to-box midfielder made his youth team debut for Chelsea against Crystal Palace in 2010. The following season saw John make progress netting for the first time against Southampton, making 28 appearances for the Blues’ youth team. John started in every round as Chelsea won the FA Youth Cup, scoring the opening goal of the campaign against Doncaster Rovers in December. At the end of the season he was given his reserve team bow against Manchester United.

During the 2012/13 season John was often given the responsibility of the captaincy of the youth team, whilst also continuing to feature for the reserves. He was a major figure in helping Chelsea to the youth cup final whilst also gaining European experience in the NextGen Series.

During the 2013/14 John held down a regular place in the Under-21 side and contributed to winning the national league with the older age group. 

That form was carried into the following season where he notched a total of 18 goals for the Under-21s and Under-19s. This form saw John rewarded with his first senior appearance when he was used as a late substitute during the final-day win at Cardiff.

An England international at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, John signed his first professional contract with Chelsea in the summer of 2012.

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