Dan Sweeney | Forward

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Solihull

14.2.1998

5ft 10"

@dan_sweenz

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Young striker who signed for the Pitmen on a permanent basis in June 2020 after three previous loan spells at the club from Vanarama National League side Solihull Moors

 

A trainee at Kidderminster Harriers from an early age, Sweeney came through the ranks at Aggborough to sign first-team forms in 2014-2015. Over the next two seasons, the striker spent much of his time playing reserve football but made three starts for the side during the 201-2016 campaign. earlier in the season, Sweeney had spent two months out on loan at local rivals Halesowen Town, impressing at the Grove with three goals in six starts for the Yeltz

 

2016-2017 saw Sweeney spend the majority of the campaign out on loan, going to Midland League side Stourport Swifts for a month in September 2916 and spending a fruitless month at Rushall Olympic between November and December. The festive period saw him out at Evo-Stik Premier League strugglers Sutton Coldfield Town, before returning to Stourport in January 2017

 

He remained at Swifts for the remainder of the season after his loan spell was extended, scoring nine times in twenty-six appearances for the Midland Football League side. He returned to Harriers in May 2017 but was released later in the month

 

Sweeney joined Stourport on a permanent deal in July 2017 but struggled for injury during the 2017-2018 season, scoring nine times in twenty-five starts as Swifts finished in a mid-table position

 

However, he had done enough to impress the coaching staff at hometown club Solihull, linking up with Moors during their pre-season campaign in June 2018. he earned himself a deal with a string of excellent performances, going straight into the Moors' matchday squad as Tim Flowers' side started the season strongly

 

After two starts and six substitute appearances, Sweeney joined the Pitmen on a month's loan in October 2018 to earn more match time as he continued his development. He hit the ground running with a double on his home debut against South Shields, followed by a hat-trick against Matlock Town two weeks later

 

In November 2018, Sweeney's loan spell was extended by a further month after a highly impressive October which had seen him become the club's top scorer. However, this extended loan ended abruptly just a week after it's extension, as Solihull recalled him and team-mate Callum Coyle in order for them to play in a Birmingham Senior Cup game against Nuneaton Borough

 

Two weeks later, Sweeney re-joined Halesowen on another loan period, reuniting him with former Hednesford managers Rob Smith and Larry Chambers - now Halesowen's new management team. Chances were few and far between on the pitch for Sweeney and the Yeltz, who struggled to create openings and goals as they slipped into the Southern Premier League Central relegation zone

 

Recalled early once more by Solihull in February 2019, Sweeney was loaned out yet again in early March 2019, joining Vanrama National League North side Leamington on a deal that was due to run until the end of the season. However, after only one appearance for the Brakes, he was recalled by Solihull once more and loaned back to the Pitmen on a deal that runs until the end of the 2018-2019 season. Despite four goals in five games, his second spell ended with a red card against Grantham Town and an early return to Solihull Moors once more

2019-2020 saw Sweeney's loan adventures continue once more as he was firstly loaned to Southern Premier League Central side Redditch United for the first month of the campaign. A step back into Vanarama National League North followed with a loan spell at Bradford (Park Avenue), which was extended to a second month in October 2019

After seven games at Bradford, Sweeney was loaned out to divisional rivals Gloucester City for a month's spell, failing to score in four games before returning to Solihull once more at Christmas

In January 2020, he returned to step three once more with a loan move to Southern Premier League Central Stratford Town. His month at Stratford proved to be a great success as he plundered four goals in six games before returning to Hednesford on a loan deal until the end of the season in a bid to recapture some of last season's form at Keys Park

The 2019-2020 season as brought to an abrupt end in March 2020 following the coronavirus pandemic which saw Sweeney return to Solihull early. In May 2020, he was one of a number of players released by the Moors which saw the Pitmen move to sign the popular player on a permanent deal the following month

* Denotes playing records removed after 2019-2020 season was voided due to coronavirus pandemic

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