Baghdad born Shwan Jalal arrived in the UK as a four year old. As a Hastings based youngster, Shwan started his footballing career path with Gillingham’s Youth System before linking up with his adopted home town club Hastings Town in 1999, before bursting into their first team squad a year later. Progress was swift for teenager Jalal and a move to Tottenham Hotspur came 12 months later. Loan moves to Woking soon followed and the move was made permanent in 2004. In 2007 he grabbed his first taste of League Football with a move to Peterborough United where he made eight appearances.
Following a brief loan at Morecambe, he joined AFC Bournemouth in 2008, initially on loan, but went onto make 146 appearances for the Cherries over a six year spell which included two promotions taking Bournemouth from League Two to the Championship. His career at Dean Court was coming to a close though and he found himself loaned out to Oxford United and Leyton Orient in search of first team football. Following his release from Bournemouth at the end of last season, Shwan was one of the first new arrivals at the JD Stadium and quickly settled into an already thriving dressing room, signing a two year deal with the Shakers.