Fylde strike for Lancaster hitman

Dave Swarbrick
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AFC Fylde’s summer strengthening programme has begun with the signing of striker Dave Swarbrick from Evo-Stik First Division North rivals Lancaster City.

The 27-year-old scored 19 goals for City last season and Fylde boss Kelham O’Hanlon said: “We watched him a few times last season and we liked what we saw. He has good pace. He will fit into our style of attacking play and can play through the middle or wide.”

O’Hanlon hopes that Swarbrick will be the first of a series of close-season signings as the promotion-chasing Kellamergh Park club bid to go a step further than last season’s play-off final defeat.

Swarbrick was named Players’ Player of the Year in his only season at Giant Axe. He had previously played for Holker Old Boy, FC United, hometown club Barrow and New Mills before following before manager Tony Hesketh to Lancaster.

He also had a brief stint in the USA last year.

Swarbrick said: “ I’m excited about joining AFC Fylde. It’s a club that’s looking to go places and I was very impressed with the set-up and style of play when I played there last season.

“I know a few of the lads already, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Hesketh wished Swarbrick all the best but was unhappy over the deal, saying he had received no contact from O’Hanlon.

The Dolly Blues boss said: “They get fantastic deals from Fylde that we can’t offer. Dave was non-contract but I would have appreciated some contact from Fylde.”