Bristol Rovers have made their second signing of the week in the form of Stoke City defender, Ryan Sweeney on loan until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old defender began his football career at the age of 8 playing for AFC Wimbledon. However, it wasn’t until 10 years later in 2015 when Sweeney signed his first professional contract with the team. He made 13 appearances in total and was named man of the match in their 0-0 draw against Oxford United and was praised by club manager, Neil Ardley for his effort against Luton Town.
He attracted interest from Premier League clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United before signing with Stoke City in August 2016. The player was called up for the Republic of Ireland U18’s national team for the first time in May 2015.
Ryan Sweeney’s position at Bristol Rovers is crucial. He becomes an addition to the Rovers defence, which has been stripped to its bare bones after Darrell Clarke revealed that defenders, Mark McCrystal and Tyler Lyttle would no longer appear in the matchday squad for the remainder of their respective contracts, and Daniel Leadbitter, Peter Hartley and Jake Clarke-Salter have been ruled out through injury.
— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) January 20, 2017