ORMSKIRK-BORN Ronan Darcy has signed for Swindon Town from Bolton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old has penned a two-year contract at SN1, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2024.
The midfielder has been in the Wanderers ranks since the age of nine, making his first-team debut in May 2019 in their final league game of the season away at Nottingham Forest.
After some impressive performances, Darcy’s scholarship contract was extended at The University of Bolton Stadium by a further year, where he went on to appear 22 times during the 2019/20 season, scoring his first league goal against Lincoln City.
Despite Bolton’s relegation that campaign, he signed an extended two-year deal with the club and appeared in a further 11 matches to help his side gain an immediate return to League One the following season.
Subsequent loan moves to Norwegian side Sogndal and Queen’s Park in the Scottish League One ensued, before Swindon showed interest at the beginning of this season.
Darcy initially joined Town on trial and has appeared in all three of our pre-season friendly matches so far.
Strong performances against Melksham and Supermarine, coupled with some impressive displays in training prompted Scott Lindsey to offer him a permanent deal, with the club agreeing a fee with Bolton.
Speaking to Town’s media team, Darcy said: “I’m over the moon to be here. I can’t put into words how great it feels. To meet the lads and work under the manager is huge for me and I can’t wait to get started.
“This is the perfect club for me and my aim is to become a regular starter, playing matches week in week out. I want to get fans off their seats, score goals and create opportunities for the players around me – I can’t wait to get going.”
Town first-team head coach, Scott Lindsey, said: “Ronan has been training with us for a few weeks now and played really well in the friendlies he’s featured in, so I’m delighted to get the deal over the line and call him one of our players.”