Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Proctor moves to Swans

Jamie Proctor has joined Swansea on a two-year deal

Swansea have completed the signing of Preston striker Jamie Proctor for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old has signed a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium and becomes Michael Laudrup's sixth signing following the acquisitions of Michu, Chico Flores, Jonathan de Guzman, Itay Shechter and Kyle Bartley.

Swansea are awaiting international clearance for the move, and Proctor will initially join the club's Under-21 set-up, and is set to feature in their season-opener on Monday. He told the club website: "I'm delighted to join Swansea. The club has enjoyed a lot of success over the last few years and their style of football has really caught the eye."

He added: "I'm looking forward to being a part of things and trying to impress the new manager enough to force my way into his plans."

Proctor worked his way through the ranks at hometown club Preston, with his impressive academy displays earning him a first professional contract in January 2010.

He suffered a double hernia last season but was still able to make 31 League One appearance for North End, scoring three goals.

With Proctor starting his career in the new Under-21 league, which replaces the old reserve set-up, chairman Huw Jenkins is hopeful the emphasis on developing young talent will reap dividends for Swansea and the player.

He said: "We see it as an important and vital part of the club's long-term future. Our aim is to establish a promising group of youngsters under the Under-21 banner who can develop and progress into Michael Laudrup's first-team plans. It's important to think about the present, but it's even more important to think about the future.''

Earlier, the Swans completed the signing of defender Kyle Bartley from Arsenal. The 21-year-old joined Michael Laudrup's side on a three-year deal.

Speaking to Swansea's official website, he said: "I spoke to Arsene Wenger briefly last week and he said that my game-time would be at a minimum. For that reason, I wanted to at least go out on loan but when Swansea came in for me it was too good an opportunity to turn down."

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