Former AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Nathan Broome is poised to join Championship outfit Swansea City as a free agent, according to journalist Tom Coleman from WalesOnline.
Broome learned his trade as a shot-stopper at Premier League champions Manchester City before later joining Stoke City in 2018 to continue his development. However, it was in League Two with Wimbledon where the young keeper got his first taste of men’s football.
In a 19-month spell with the Dons, Broome made 13 appearances in all competitions and was released by mutual consent at the end of the 2022/23 campaign. Wimbledon manager Johnnie Jackson confirmed that the goalkeeper had asked to leave the club [quotes via Wimbledon’s official website]:
“First and foremost, we wish Nathan all the best for the rest of his career. He was finding it difficult being away from home and he wanted a new challenge.
“Obviously, there was a lot of competition in his position, so when he came to me and said he was struggling we all felt that the best thing to do was to help him.
“The resolution was that he would leave and move on, so he goes with our best wishes and we hope he has a very successful career.”
Swansea City keeper Steven Benda is out with an injury at the moment, leaving Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Carl Rushworth as the Swans’ first-choice between the sticks.
Manager Michael Duff is keen to sign Nathan Broome to have three goalkeepers in the first-team and to compete with one another for the starting spot potentially.
It is highly unlikely that Broome will become Duff’s number one goalkeeper but the 21-year-old will temporarily take Benda’s place in the goalkeeping department until the German returns from injury.
That being said, Rushworth has had a difficult start to the season, shipping seven goals in four games so perhaps the starting spot will be up for grabs in the very near future.