SWANS’ ROUN CATCHES FIRE IN ’18

SWANS’ ROUN CATCHES FIRE IN ’18

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Since being named the St. Petersburg Swans’ ‘Most Improved Player’ after the end of the 2016 season, Kyle Roun’s development as an all-round player has only accelerated. PHOTO: KATE MATSON

The steady progress of St. Petersburg Swans’ Kyle Roun from his first year in footy (2015) earned him the nod as the club’s ‘Most Improved Player’ in 2016.

It’s only been all upward since then for the lightning-fast 26-year old.

With his on-ball skills, game-changing speed and kicking accuracy becoming rounded by four years in footy, the soccer convert has also evolved into a more engaged amd emerging leader – on and off the ground.

His fiery play against the Swans’ cross-state rival Miami Saints demonstrated a new-found emotive style of play that emerged as the 2018 Major League Footy season went on.

In fact, it can be noted that side of Roun’s development first showed bloom during a hard-fought July 14 match that the fleet wing won in the waning moments, virtually single-handedly.

That performance turned a significant page in Roun’s development, and marked a key milestone in channeling a red-hot will to win.

That evolution was also on display in the Swans’ Championship Final match vs. Starfish FC Saturday, as Roun repeatedly opened on-point passages of play that saw St. Petersburg surge to a 92-85 lead at three quarter time.

Although FC would storm back to win the Final in the closing moments, the continuing emergence of St. Pete’s young leaders in Austen Kugler, Nick Whiteside, Roun and others will surely write a new chapter in the 2018-19 season.

Fortunately, footy supporters on Florida’s West Coast won’t have to endure much of an off-season, as the Swans and Starfish FC will face off in a rematch Saturday, October 27 in the Season Opener as MLF pivots to an October-March regular season.

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