DJ announces a season long loan for goalkeeper Gareth Deane at Carrick Rangers.
"I want to announce that our young goalkeeper Gareth Deane is going out on loan to Carrick Rangers.
Obviously, part of the development of our young players will be within the Swifts but there is a bit of a gap between the Swifts and the first team and certainly, Gareth who made his first team debut last year, is at a time when he needs to play at a higher level than reserve team football.
There were several clubs who were interested in obtaining Gareth's signature but we chose to go with Carrick, as we feel they will be one of the realistic challengers. In manager Michael Hughes they have a former footballer who I greatly admired. He is obviously working very hard to make sure they are realistic challengers.
Gareth will go there knowing he's got to produce. He's
going as a Linfield goalkeeper with a great reputation and all that goes with it but now this is where he has very much got to grab this opportunity.
He will train with us on a Monday and Tuesday and with his Carrick colleagues on a Thursday.
This is just another step in trying to make sure we develop our young players to the very highest that
we can. I know Carrick Rangers have been very thankful for our assistance in this but also we've got to thank them as this is a great opportunity for Gareth.
Gareth will be with Carrick on a season long loan but with the proviso that we can review the situation at Christmas.
We recall a similar situation where Alan Mannus went to Larne on loan and we're hoping that Gareth will benefit similarly from this loan experience at Carrick. The loan arrangement at Larne served Alan Mannus in great stead.
Gareth is a fantastic lad with a great attitude and I was delighted when I got a call from him today and he remarked
how he sees himself very much as a player of this great club and this loan arrangement is very much part of his education and development.
Carrick have of course got Damien Curran and Aidan O'Kane in their squad and Aidan contacted me today to say that like any good former Linfield man, he'll look after him for us.
I've got to say that after this, none of the other young players who we have at the club and who are now forming the new Swifts squad, will be leaving the club on loan this side of Christmas. They will be staying here and working with new Swifts coach Sammy McFadden and that will be part of their development but they won't be going anywhere at the moment."