Proud father plays alongside son for Somerset Trojans
Damon Swan has recently realised his dream of playing alongside son Daion Swan-DeSilva in the Premier Division .
The 37-year-old forward has yearned for the opportunity to grace the same pitch since the birth of his son and is thrilled to have finally been granted his wish when the pair took to the field for Somerset Trojans last month.
“The experience playing alongside my son was amazing,” Swan said. “Just to be on the field at the same time was beautiful to me as it’s been a dream since he was born.”
Midfielder Swan-DeSilva, 16, is also delighted to feature alongside his father who has describes as a source of inspiration.
“It has been a great feeling knowing I get to share the same pitch as my father, the one who has always encouraged and pushed me since I was a child,” Swan-DeSilva said.
“He shows his leadership and constantly lets me know what is going well and what needs improvement.”
The duo first played alongside each other in Somerset’s 1-1 draw with Robin Hood on January 15.
“This was not a moment I had seen coming, but I’ll definitely cherish every second of it,” Swan-DeSilva said.
“As a child I can remember watching my dad play with the team, not knowing I’d become his team-mate, and It still feels a bit strange to pass a ball to the same person who I got the passion of football from.
“My dad constantly wants the best for me and always pushes me to better myself by being on top of my game every time I step out on the pitch. Knowing what he experienced at a young age encourages me to push towards his footsteps and go even further.”
Like most fathers, Swan is happy to see his son achieve things and takes pride in his accomplishments but holds regrets that his own dad Eldon did not see them on the pitch together.
“I just sit back and watch his games or in training thinking he is just like me,” Swan said.
“I wish my father, his papa, could have witnessed it because he was a big part in both our lives – on and off the field. He attended his training and all our games, so I owe it all to papa Smutley [Eldon] who passed five years ago this month.”
Teenager Swan-DeSilva has big plans as he is striving towards a goal of playing professionally overseas.
“I want to play and compete in the big leagues abroad,” he said. “I hope to become a big name globally and bring the best out of myself and put our country out there.”
It is a dream shared by his father.
“It’s nice my son is playing at Somerset with me but I would rather him to be playing abroad and time will tell,” he said.
“I would rather him go further than me and what is so special about my son is that he is a left footer, and they say those ones are special. If he keeps putting in the hard work that I see him doing, he will make it as he has the fight and belief.”
Swan-DeSilva is buzzing with excitement after being named in the Bermuda squad for the Concacaf Under-17 Championships in Guatemala this month, when the island hope to qualify for this year’s Under-17 World Cup for the first time.
“I am beyond excited to know I’ll be representing Bermuda in the next couple of days and highly confident with my team’s work ethic and abilities to inch closer to creating history and making it to the Under-17 World Cup,” he said.
Cecoy Robinson’s team secured their place in the Concacaf Under-17 Championship during qualifiers in Bradenton, Florida, last September.
“We haven’t stopped talking about this since our tournament in Florida and how proud we will make the people of our country,” Swan-DeSilva added.
“I have a strong belief that we’ll put up a big fight to complete our task and show up on the big stage.”
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