Kilmarnock: Swansea goalkeeper Oliver Davies in loan switch

Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Davies will be at Rugby Park until January

Kilmarnock have signed Oliver Davies on loan from Swansea City until January, five days after the release of fellow goalkeeper Craig Samson.

The 20-year-old Davies arrives as back-up to Jamie MacDonald, who was signed this summer after leaving Falkirk.

Davies told Kilmarnock's website: "I have watched a lot of Scottish football and I know how competitive the Premiership is.

"I know if I work hard I will gain good experience from my time here."

The 31-year-old Samson, who has been in recent Scotland squads without winning a cap, had been in his second spell at Rugby Park.

Craig Samson
Craig Samson agreed a deal to leave Kilmarnock last week

But he and the Ayrshire club negotiated an early termination to his contract after the arrival of MacDonald as manager Gary Locke's preferred number one.

Kilmarnock had already sent 21-year-old Conor Brennan on loan to Stranraer in League One and Kilmarnock's goalkeeping coach was alerted to the availability of Welshman Davies from the English Premier League club.

Locke explained: "Billy Thomson spotted Oliver and was immediately impressed by him.

"We were very grateful Swansea kindly agreed to loan us Oliver as it was important for us that Conor was able to stay out on loan to Stranraer, gaining first-team experience.

"Oliver coming in gives us cover for Jamie and, with Devlin Mackay doing well in the development squad, we now have a good mix of experience at the club."

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