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"Ten games left. One last push!" - Jude Swailes

The young defender has been in top form in recent weeks and is relishing the final ten games of the season.

The former Newcastle United Academy product made his comeback in January after nearly four month out of the team. Since then, the 22-year-old defender has been consistently putting in high-quality performances and has been pivotal to the club's recent on-field success.

The 1-1 draw at Consett's Belle View Stadium against Grantham Town on January 30th marked his return. Jude was a second-half substitute as he replaced Josh King after 56 minutes, his first appearance for the side since the defeat to North Ferriby back in October.

"It's always frustrating being out of the team for such a while, but since coming back I have felt confident in my own ability and the team's ability that we will make something good out of this season." He said.

Swailes' transition back into the team has been smooth following Josh King's recall by Morpeth Town. Since then, Swailes has made eight appearances, including seven starts. His partnership alongside Jack Walker has been impressive as they have kept three clean sheets in their last four games when playing alongside each other.

"Jack is class. He's a lot more experienced than me which always helps with my own performance. I didn't know he could play out on the wing too though!

"To be honest, there is a real feel-good atmosphere around the lads. It is always good craic and it is that togetherness that has put us in such a good position." Swailes said.

The central defender made his 56th appearance for the club during Saturday's 4-0 win against Cleethorpes Town. A game where Swailes would score his first goal for the club after heading into the bottom corner following a cross from his centre-half partner, Jack Walker.

"It's about time! As a defender, clean sheets are always ideal, but to score a goal, and with it being my first one, is special." He said.

With ten games left to go, Dunston currently sit second in the league table, eleven points behind Stockton Town, but with three games in hand still to play. Swailes is relishing the run-in and believes that catching Stockton is still a big possibility. 

"Most definitely. Especially with the run that we have been on and the group of lads that we have in the changing room, alongside everyone at Dunston. Ten games left, one last push!"

We're back in action this Saturday as we host Carlton Town at Morpeth Town's Craik Park. Your support is vital for the club as we look to finish as strongly as we possibly can in the final ten games of the season.

Adults (£10) | Concessions (£6) | U16 (£3) - Season Tickets are valid as normal.

By Callum Pattison

Image Credit - Beauty Time Photography

Published Thursday 21st March 2024