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Healy recruits Swans' starlet as Smyth signs a new deal

By Staff Reporter

Linfield boss David Healy has moved to strengthen his squad by signing winger Stephen Fallon on loan from Swansea City until the end of the season, while promising young striker Paul Smyth has been handed a contract extension.

Smyth's new deal will keep him at Windsor Park until May, 2019 and it's a timely boost for the 18-year-old who missed the County Antrim Shield decider through suspension.

Healy said: "It's great that one of the most exciting prospects in the game has committed his future to the club and hopefully in the years to come he will prove to be a great asset on the pitch.

"He's done well since he broke into the first-team and hopefully he can go on to score regularly and get the rewards that his all-round performances to date have deserved."

The Blues boss spotted the potential of 18-year-old Fallon at Northern Ireland youth level.

"Stephen is a player I've worked with at under-age level with the international squad and I'm looking forward to working with him again," Healy told the official Linfield website.

"He's a talented young player and a great prospect for the future.

"He wants to learn and he wants to play and he's an exciting young player with potentially a big future ahead of him in the game."

Fallon added: "I'm delighted to be signing for Linfield. Although I've been with Swansea for two years, I'm originally from Belfast and this loan arrangement until the end of the season will be great experience for me in my development as a player."

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