Mark Birighitti vowed to seize his opportunity at Swansea City ‘with both hands’ after sealing a move to the Liberty Stadium last summer, as reported by the club’s official website.
Penning a two-year contract after being released by Newcastle Jets in his homeland, the Australian international was expected to compete with Kristoffer Nordfeldt and veteran Gerhard Tremmel to be the back-up option to Lukas Fabianski this season.
However, it is fair to say the move has not exactly gone to plan. Featuring just once in a second string side as they won 2-1 at Welsh rivals Newport County in the Checkatrade Trophy in October, even the most ardent Swansea supporter could have been forgiven for forgetting Birighitti was even at the club.
Though he might not be for much longer.
The Tilburg club are eleventh in the Dutch top flight as it stands and, with highly-regarded Greek international goalkeeper Kostas Lamprou out of contract at the end of the season, Birighitti could at least play first-team football in Willem colours.
Which is more than he perhaps should have expected at Swansea, with Fabianski’s consistent form over the last few seasons meaning he was never in danger of losing his place between the sticks.