Mawson makes Swansea switch
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Mawson makes Swansea switch

The talented defender is tipped to be a future star.

Jonathan Walsh

On Tuesday, Swansea City finally announced the expected signing of Barnsley youngster, Alfie Mawson.

The two teams came together to agree on a fee last Friday, before finalising the personal terms of the deal today. It is rumoured to have cost the Swans £5m to bring him in.

With John Stones and Mason Holgate among the recent Premier League pick-ups from Barnsley, big things will be expected of young Mawson.

A rapid rise

Given that the centre-back was playing in the Conference with Welling United just three years ago, the youngster is enjoying a real run up the divisions.

The Swans may not see Mawson as the Ashley Williams replacement just yet, but his absence in just two of the last 94 league games is a record similar to the Welshman's.

The former Wycombe Wanderers defender missed only one game in their run to the League Two play-off final defeat to Southend United.

He had exactly the same record last term, but was victorious at Wembley against Millwall to help the Tykes return to the Championship.

The 22-year-old also claimed his first ever piece of silverware last campaign, when Barnsley won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Oxford United.

Mawson has his say on the move

Speaking to the club website upon completion of the deal, Mawson said: “The last couple of seasons have been mad for me but I have enjoyed it."

He added, “I have had some ups and some downs, but ultimately it’s led me to signing for Swansea so I am not complaining."

Mawson recognises it is a "big leap, a big step up" for him, and believes "confidence is massive" when it comes to adjusting to the Premier League.

He concluded, "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity. It’s great to have been purchased by such a big club and a club I feel is very suited to me."