The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Joshua Richards

NATHAN BYRNE came through the Tot­ten­ham youth ranks with the likes of Harry Kane and Ryan Ma­son and the winger in­sists Swin­don is the place to be if he wants to join his for­mer team-mates in the big time.

Byrne started his sea­son in per­fect style last week­end, bag­ging a hat-trick as the Robins beat Brad­ford 4-1.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously played in a more de­fen­sive ca­pac­ity, he is de­lighted to al­ready be re­pay­ing Mark Cooper’s de­ci­sion to play him in an ad­vanced role.

“To start like that is bril­liant for me and the team,” said Byrne. “I love the club and the way we play. If I’m go­ing to be no­ticed, this is the place.

“I don’t think many scouts will pick another League One team to watch over us be­cause of the style we play.”

Swin­don lost in the League One play-off fi­nal to Pre­ston last sea­son and mid­field­ers Ben Glad­win and Mas­simo Luongo left to join QPR.

Now, the 23-year-old is ex­cited about don­ning the num­ber ten shirt at the County Ground this term for another pro­mo­tion push.

“I knew ten was up for grabs, it’s my favourite num­ber and a lot of my idols, it’s their num­ber,” he said. “The gaffer gave it to me and hope­fully I can re­pay him.”

FAITH: Nathan Byrne

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