Manchester City and Arsenal were also sweet on Rory Donnelly in January 2012. But he is now joining Coventry City on loan after just 122 minutes for Swansea.
When Swansea beat Everton to the signing of Northern Irish teenager Rory Donnelly in January 2011 it was supposed to be the start of a blossoming career in South Wales.
Since signing for the club amongst interest from abroad plus big hitters like Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool the former Cliftonville striker has played just one game; coming on as a substitute for Michu against Crawley Town in the League Cup in September 2012.
Since then it has been back to the reserves trying to earn himself the right to play in the first team. In the summer he stated his intention to push into the first-team:
“Playing with these guys every day is making me a better player. It’s been a great experience so far and I’m hoping to get out there and play some more next season.”
That never happened - and Donnelly has still not played Premier League football.
He made his debut in European competition came after an impressive pre-season against Romanian outfit Petrolul Ploiesti in September - but that has not seen him push on.
Now it seems that the club want to see him push on and prove himself with first-team football - after joining League One side Coventry City on loan until the end of the season.
Coventry have seen their star striker Leon Clarke join Wolverhampton Wanderers - and need someone else to provide the goals in that situation.
The 21-year-old forward comes with a reputation now thanks to the big interest in his services two years ago.
Donnelly has not done enough to work his way into the Premier League side’s starting XI so far - and his combined tally of 122 minutes in a Swansea shirt suggests the big clubs are not missing out too much on this one time hot prospect target.
But if he can come good with the Sky Blues - he might just manage a breakthrough in 2013-14.
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