Nico Defreitas-Hansen

Kris O'Leary | Nico impressed us and is up for the challenge

29th June

Kris O’Leary believes Nico Defreitas-Hansen is hungry for his new challenge at Swansea City after sealing a move from Everton.

The goalkeeper is set to link up with the Swans’ under-23 squad, having caught the eye of head of academy goalkeeping Martin Davies during a trial stint towards the end of last season.

The United States and Denmark age-grade international has now sealed his move to South Wales on a free transfer, subject to international clearance.

Detreitas-Hansen has put pen to paper on a one-year contract in SA1, with the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.

And O’Leary and Davies were impressed by the 19-year-old’s application when given the chance to cast their eyes over him.

Nico Defreitas-Hansen

“He came down at the back end of last season and played a game for us. He did really well,” said coach O’Leary.

“I’m no expert on goalkeepers, I leave that to Martin and his team, and he was really impressed with Nico.

“He comes from a big club in Everton, he sees this as an opportunity and we like that challenge.

“Martin is good at recognising talent, he can spot it and Nico did well enough for Martin to feel he is someone we should bring in.

“As I say, he did really well when he came down before. He fitted in well and he certainly looks ready for the challenge.”