Barrow looking to finish with a flourish
28th April 2015
Swans winger Modou Barrow is hoping to finish a promising first season in British football with a flourish.
The 22-year-old Gambian returned from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest this week looking to use the experience to force his way back into Garry Monk's Premier League plans for their four-game finale.
Despite picking up a thigh injury at the City Ground, Barrow still did enough in his short spell to impress Forest boss Dougie Freedman, who tried to buy him last summer while in charge at Bolton, with two Championship starts and two appearances off the bench.
"Mo is one of these players who will bring a lot of excitement to the football club," said Freedman when he signed. "He's young and he's hungry. He's mobile, has fantastic balance and can take a goal.''
And having already made his Swans debut earlier in the season to become the first Gambian to play in the Premier League, it's been an encouraging start to life at the Liberty following his move from Swedish club Ostersunds FK in the summer.
"It was a good experience and I learnt a lot,'' explained Barrow, who was recalled following the ankle injury to Wayne Routledge. "Forest is a very good club and they looked after me well.
"I was a bit disappointed to pick up the thigh injury because I missed three or four games, but apart from that I really enjoyed it. You are always learning in football, wherever you go, so I'm sure I will be able to take a lot from the experience going forward.
"They have a very good squad at Forest and probably deserve to be in the play-offs. Unfortunately they have missed out this season, but I'm sure they'll get there next time.''
From that squad, Barrow enjoyed spending time with former Swans goalkeeper Dorus de Vries.
The Dutch shot-stopper helped the Swans clinch promotion to the Championship and then the Premier League during an impressive spell that saw him make 203 appearances for the club.
Having kept a club-record 22 clean sheets to secure the Football League's Golden Glove award, he made the surprise move after the Play-Off Final to fellow Premier League club Wolves, going on to join Forest in the summer of 2013.
"Dorus was my neighbour in Nottingham,'' explained Barrow. "He was injured while I was there, but he's back in training now.
"We sat together outside and talked a lot about Swansea. He spoke very fondly about his time in Swansea and wanted me to say hello to everyone when I came back.''
Now, having already made seven top-flight appearances this season, Barrow hopes to keep adding to his own fond memories of Swansea life.