Date of Birth: 21/07/1982
Height: 6' 0' (183cm)
Weight: 12st 0lbs (76.27kg)
Previous Clubs: Accrington Stanley
Ian Craney was born in Liverpool in 1982; he is a central midfielder and has limited league experience. He started his career with Non League side Altrincham F.C and spent three seasons with the Robins playing in the Northern Premier League (unibond league.)
He made over 130+ appearances for the Moss Lane outfit before the Call from Accrington Staley came. In his first season there Craney was highly rated by the Stans and was their outstanding player for their promotion to the football league for the first time since the 1961/62 season. As Stanley embarked on their first season back in the football league, Craney was targeted by then Swansea manger Kenny Jackett.
Quick to ease our midfield problems Craney joined the Swans on loan last December. Craney then signed out right for the Swans after a clause in his contract had been activated meaning that the swans could sign him outright. He moved to the club on a permanent basis in the January transfer window for a fee of £150,000. Craney has established himself as a starter for the swans; however a back log of injuries in the midfield has been a factor for his place in the starting 11. He has certainly caused a division of fan opinions on this site with many questioning his abilities.
Craney Trivia Pursuit
Has played for the England National Game XL the Semi Professional England Football team.
What do the fans think of Craney?
"A midfielder who will now start to find his form. Needs to adapt to the quicker pace of Division 1, as tends to dwell just a little too long on the ball wanting that extra touch. Shooting is now getting on target and once he gets his first goal, more will soon follow. Looking forward to him having a better 2007/2008 season."
Pros: puts himself about, can attack with the ball, and has a lot of shots, cons: needs a goal for his confidence, sometimes his passes are terrible.