Nottingham Forest youngster Will Swan scored a first senior goal for Port Vale on Saturday as they fell to defeat at Cheltenham.

The striker headed to Vale Park in January for a six-month loan with the League Two outfit.

Yesterday was the fourth appearances for the club and he grabbed his maiden goal in the professional game.

It proved to be a consolation but that won’t put a downer on Swan after such a milestone moment in his career.

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After the game, the 20-year-old earned some praise from the Stoke Sentinel who gave him a 7/10 for his cameo.

The player ratings piece said: “May well have played his way into Tuesday’s starting line up. Came on midway through the half, scored Vale’s first and played a major part in the second.”

Swan has only started once and the challenge for him now will be to earn a few more starts.

Chris Hughton handed two substitute appearances to the academy starlet earlier in the season.

 

Once Lewis Grabban had returned from injury, however, he found himself down the pecking order.

His time should come at Forest though and with 10 goals for the under-23s this season, he clearly knows where the net is.

Could Swan star at Forest next year?

It will likely depend on whether or not Forest can land their own striker targets.

Swan undoubtedly has a bright future but it would be a big leap for him to go from League Two to playing regularly in the Championship.

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With Grabban and Lyle Taylor both in their thirties, however, there could be squad opportunities for Swan.

Hughton will likely run the rule over him again during pre-season and the ball could be in his court with regards to opportunities.

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