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Keeper coach Tucker joins Swans

Swansea City

Adrian Tucker has been appointed as goalkeeping coach at Swansea as manager Paulo Sousa builds his back-room team.

Merthyr-born Tucker, 32, joins after 12 years with the technical department of the Welsh Football Trust and replaces departed Spaniard Inaki Bergara.

"This position is something I've been working long and hard to achieve, I'm delighted to be joining," said Tucker.

"When I sat down with Paulo to discuss the position you could see he had a burning ambition to be successful."

Tucker started his career as an apprentice goalkeeper at Torquay, where he played in the reserves with a young Garry Monk.


A shoulder injury cut his professional career short, but he returned to Wales to play for Ebbw Vale, Inter Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Merthyr.

Tucker is one of just three Uefa 'A' licence goalkeeping coaches in Wales, along with Glan Letheren and Pat Mountain.

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