Swansea City youngster Shephard loaned to Yeovil Town

It's yet another return to Huish Park.

Swansea City youngster Shephard loaned to Yeovil Town
Shephard with the Under-21 side. (Photo: Swansea City A.F.C)

Young full-back Liam Shephard will official join Yeovil Town for his third stint at the club. Shephard has joined the club on a six-month loan, which will expire in January.

The Welshman has only made one senior appearance for Swansea City, in a much-changed FA Cup tie against Oxford United, which Swansea fans will be keen to forget.

Shephard has also made two caps at under-21 level for Wales and is a promising player in the youth setup.

He signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Swansea in January 2015, meaning he has just one year left on his deal.

How has he performed previously?

Shephard joined Yeovil on loan in January 2015, after signing his new contract, and went on to claim Yeovil’s Young Player of the Year award that season, following a string of terrific performances.

His second spell at the club came following a month loan deal in March 2016, when he made six appearances during that time and his performances were well received.

Shephard part of the first team plans at Yeovil. (Photo: Western Gazette)

What has his manager said?

Darren Way has been at Yeovil in numerous roles while Shephard has been at the club, and said that he is sure that it’s a fantastic signing for the club, and he is excited to have Shephard part of his back four.

"He came back to help me last year during one of the most important periods of this club's history so I know he has a high level of commitment to us.”, said Way.

Way also made 21 appearances for Swansea during 2005-2008 and was a part of the squad that achieved promotion to the Championship.

Does he have a future at Swansea?

The right full-back spot at the club is currently the weakest in the squad, with Angel Rangel past his prime and Kyle Naughton yet to really make his mark on the squad.

Manager Francesco Guidolin also seems like he rates the youngster, as he did play Shephard against Oxford when he rotated the side.

It is a shame however that the loan finalise until after Swansea’s pre-season games, where he could have made a real impact on the coaching staff and pushed for a bigger role in the squad.

He does have another youngster in Connor Roberts at Swansea to compete with. Roberts incidentally also spent last season on loan at Yeovil, where he won three Player of the Year awards and Young Player of the Year.