Player Profiles: Shwan Jalal

Shwan was born in Baghdad on 14th August 1983 and grew up in the Sussex town of Hastings. He joined the youth setup at Gillingham in 1998 before returning home to play for Hastings Town in 2000.

Whilst he was at Hastings, Shwan attracted some big teams who began to monitor his progress, and it was no surprise when he signed for Tottenham Hotspur a year later.

Opportunities at White Hart Lane proved to be rather limited however and in 2002 Jalal moved to Woking initially on loan but then made the deal permanent in 2004.

The Kurd made 101 appearances for The Cards, before another big move ensued with a loan switch to Sheffield Wednesday.

Despite Shwan not making an appearance for The Owls, it is testament to ability that such high profile sides deemed him good enough to take a look at him in the first place.

He then signed for Peterborough United and made eight appearances for Posh before numerous loan spells culminated in a move to AFC Bournemouth where his career really did take off.

 

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Shwan Jalal in action against Bury (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

 

Shwan made 146 appearances for The Cherries over a six year period at Dean Court during a period where Eddie Howe took them from League Two to the Premier League in one of the greatest football fairytales ever told.

Short spells at Bury and Northampton Town followed before Jalal made his first move to the Moss Rose in 2015.

Shwan made 37 appearances for The Silkmen during the 2015-16 season and proved himself to be a competent and reliable ‘keeper in the National League – so much so that most fans were disappointed when he made the move to the Racecourse Ground in 2016 to join Wrexham.

In a injury hampered season with the Red Dragons, Jalal made 24 appearances for the Welshmen before rejoining the Silkmen in the summer of 2017.

Steve Watson described Jalal as being “as safe as houses” on his return to the Moss Rose and he was certainly a welcomed addition to Sir John’s new look squad.

Shwan is currently studying to become a journalist and the likeable 33 year old is always welcome to write us a piece or two on here if he wishes!

 

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