Date:Monday July 9 2007
Darryl Duffy has completed his much awaited £200,000 move to Swansea City.
There was doubt over Duffy's signing with his involvement in The Tigers' pre-season training camp in AC Milan's former training facility in Bormio Italy. This was further compounded by the two clubs agreeing a £200,000 fee, rising to £250,000 if we gain promotion.
The Scottish front man took a medical yesterday before putting pen to paper - finally completing his long-awaited permanent switch to the Liberty Stadium. Duffy has also expressed his delight and relief that a permanent move has finally been completed.
Swansea City Striker Darryl Duffy on the Official Site: :
|'"I'm absolutely delighted it's finally completed.|
It's certainly dragged on - nine weeks in fact.
There were stages when I thought the move was dead and buried; then I'd be given renewed hope that it was back on again.
But when Hull told me I was going with them to Italy for pre-season, I was convinced that was it for Swansea. Then all of a sudden I was flying back to Swansea to sign the deal.
All the travelling has been hard, but well worth it. I don't think I made any secret of the fact that I wanted to make my move to Swansea permanent.
I felt my time was up at Hull because I just wasn't playing first team football on a regular basis. But coming to Swansea last season gave me a massive lift. I had forgotten what it was like to play regular football and the goals were an added bonus - fantastic.''
|'''I started off in Bormio, which is four hours' drive from Milan, at 9pm on Sunday night,'' |
''After four hours in a taxi, I checked into an airport hotel at 1am but had to be up at 4am to check out and get the plane to Bristol.
'After a two-and-a-half-hour flight, I got picked up to come and do my medical in Mumbles and now I'm off to Sweden.''
'Hopefully I can stay off the plane for a while after this,''
'Seriously, it's all worth it. It'll be nice to meet up with the boys again and I can't wait to get going as a full-time Swansea player.''
Date:Monday July 9 2007
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