Swanson playing for Dundee United in 2011
|Full name||Daniel Joseph Swanson|
|Date of birth||28 December 1986|
|Place of birth||Leith, Scotland|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2015||→ St Johnstone (loan)||11||(2)|
|2015–2016||Heart of Midlothian||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:18, 25 February 2019 (UTC)|
Swanson started his career at Scottish Third Division side Berwick Rangers before moving to Scottish Premier League club Dundee United in 2008. He moved to England in 2012 to play for Peterborough United. After two years with Peterborough he signed for Coventry City, but he then moved back to Scotland on loan at St Johnstone. Swanson was released by Coventry in September 2015 and then signed for Heart of Midlothian, where he spent five months before returning to St Johnstone. Swanson then had a spell with Hibernian.
Born with a heart defect, Swanson underwent a number of operations as a youngster, including a heart bypass at the age of thirteen. After overcoming his health problems, Swanson played for Hutchison Vale and Leith Athletic before joining Berwick Rangers, making his debut at the start of the 2005–06 season. Playing the majority of Scottish Third Division matches that season, a knee injury restricted him to just three league appearances the following season when Berwick were promoted to the Scottish Second Division, although he started the 2007–08 season injury-free.
Swanson completed a move to the Scottish Premier League with Dundee United on 1 January 2008 after agreeing terms in October 2007, having previously turned down a move to Hamilton Academical. Making his debut the following day as a substitute in the 4–1 win over Hearts, Swanson scored his first goal for United in a 2–0 victory over Motherwell in March 2008, going on to feature in a number of matches that season. In 2008–09, Swanson was used mainly as a substitute, starting in only seven of his 30 league appearances. In the 2009–10 season, Swanson started United's opening three league matches, assisting three of the club's four goals in the process.
His good performances for United meant that Swanson was selected for the Scotland squad in October 2011. Soon afterwards, however, Swanson strained a medial ligament. At the end of the 2011–12 season, Swanson's contract expired and he opened talks with Championship side Peterborough United over a possible move to England.
Swanson signed on loan for St Johnstone for the latter part of the 2014–15 season on 3 February 2015. He returned to Coventry City for close season 2015, but had his contract terminated on 1 September 2015 by mutual consent.
Heart of Midlothian
St Johnstone (second spell)
In April 2017, Swanson brought St Johnstone in to disrepute after becoming involved in an on-pitch brawl with teammate Ricky Foster. Both players were suspended by the club and were subsequently fined four weeks' wages.
On 25 April 2017, Hibernian announced that they had signed Swanson on a pre-contract agreement. Injuries restricted his appearances for Hibs in the first part of the 2017/18 season. Swanson was linked with a return to St Johnstone in January 2018, but he decided against this. His contract with Hibs was cancelled on 31 August 2018.
St Johnstone (third spell)
After his release from Hibernian, Swanson resigned for St Johnstone in September 2018, stating that he was "at his happiest" whilst playing for the Perth club.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Berwick Rangers||2005–06||Scottish Third Division||27||1||1||0||2||0||4||0||34||1|
|2006–07||Scottish Third Division||3||0||—||—||—||3||0|
|2007–08||Scottish Second Division||13||3||—||2||0||2||1||17||4|
|Dundee United||2007–08||Scottish Premier League||12||2||2||0||—||—||14||2|
|2008–09||Scottish Premier League||30||0||2||0||2||0||—||34||0|
|2009–10||Scottish Premier League||31||5||6||0||2||0||—||39||5|
|2010–11||Scottish Premier League||21||2||2||0||—||1||0||24||2|
|2011–12||Scottish Premier League||14||3||—||1||0||1||0||16||3|
|Coventry City||2014–15||League One||15||0||—||1||0||2||0||18||0|
|St Johnstone (loan)||2014–15||Scottish Premiership||11||2||1||0||—||—||12||2|
|Heart of Midlothian||2015–16||Scottish Premiership||8||0||—||1||0||—||9||0|
|St Johnstone||2015–16||Scottish Premiership||14||1||—||—||—||14||1|
|2018–19[note 1]||Scottish Premiership||2||0||—||—||2||0||4||0|
- Dundee United
- Peterborough United
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