Signing No.3: David Ball
After Billy Paynter jumped ship to Leeds United, competition for Vincent Pericard and Charlie Austin arrived today, in the form of loan signing David Ball from Manchester City. Ball joins on a 6 month loan until 12th January 2011 and joins Town just in time for the pre-season tour to Austria after tomorrow night’s game at Swindon Supermarine.
With Alex Henshall recently joining Man City and Fitton seeking to develop a good working relationship with the City backroom staff, David Ball could be the first of many loan signings from Eastlands.
This time last summer striker Ben Hutchinson joined (from Celtic) on a long term loan and failed to make any real impact, so hopes are high for the City prospect to fire Town into the early season promotion prospects.
As with our other new signings so far, many thanks to City fan Karl Barrett, who provides the low down on Ball and explains what we can expect from the young striker.
David Ball is a local Mancunian who has been with City since the age of 8. After striking up partnerships with Robbie Mak (now left for FC Nurnburg) and Daniel Sturridge (now at Chelsea), David Ball quickly become a key member of City’s very successful U18. A prolific goalscorer at Academy level, David was a member of the 2008 Youth Cup Winning side, indeed scoring a late penalty in the second leg which secured the cup against a very expensively assembled Chelsea team.
The step up to reserve level didn’t faze David as he quickly adapted and once again found the net on a regular basis. So impressed with his outtings, Mark Hughes (with a little help with injuries) named David on the bench for the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford. Just as he had established himself on a regular basis traveling with the first team, a huge blow came when he fractured his metatarsal in November which saw him miss 6 weeks, before injuring himself again in January which saw him miss the majority of the remaining season.
What can Swindon fans expect? David is a pure goalscorer with a good touch. I fully expect him to adapt quickly to playing league football and start finding the back of the net. The only worry is if his injuries from the past season are behind him which we all hope they are. Hopefully he can have a good 6 months at Swindon and get himself a deal until the end of the season as I think his injuries have put him behind Alex Nimely and even more so John Guidetti at City so he is going to struggle with us now unfortunately
If you want to get to know David more, the City website have had quite a few videos featuring him over the past year