Ethan Laird joins Swansea City on loan

16th August 2021
First team
Ethan Laird

Swansea City has completed the signing of Ethan Laird on loan from Manchester United, subject to international clearance.

The 20-year-old defender will spend the remainder of the 2021-22 season at the Stadium, and will wear the number 27 shirt.

Laird is in contention to make his Swans bow in Tuesday’s Championship clash with Stoke City, with the deal having been registered in time.

Should he feature it will not be his first appearance at the Stadium, with Laird having played there on his debut for Manchester United’s under-23s at the age of 16.

Ethan Laird

He becomes Swansea’s sixth summer acquisition following the arrivals of Kyle Joseph, Liam Walsh, Joel Piroe, Jamie Paterson and Flynn Downes.

Laird has previous experience of playing under head coach Russell Martin, having spent the second half of last season on loan at MK Dons, where he made 25 appearances in all competitions.

He has been with Manchester United since the age of nine, and has two first-team appearances under his belt having featured in Europa League fixtures against Astana and AZ Alkmaar.

Laird will bolster Martin’s defensive options, and brings versatility given he is able to play as a wing-back, full-back or centre-back.