Young midfielder looking forward to Europe.
Swansea City new boy Jonjo Shelvey has admitted that he is looking forward to getting started with the side from south Wales after completing his move from Liverpool last week, the Daily Mail reports.
The former Charlton man completed a £5 million deal to join the Welsh outfit and was quickly whisked off to Holland for the club’s pre-season training camp, but he found time to squeeze in a quick word about how excited he is to be a part of Michael Laudrup’s plans.
“I’m looking forward to being part of it,” he told the club’s official website.
“I watched Swansea play a lot in the Premier League. The way they play football excites me and I can’t wait to be part of it.
“When I spoke to the Swansea chairman (Huw Jenkins), he said they had been tracking me from my Charlton days. I also heard of a link when Joe Allen was going to Liverpool, but that never happened.
“It raised its head again over the summer and I was following it in the papers every morning while on holiday until it happened for real.
“It’s always a nervous time joining a new club. It was the same when I went from Charlton to Liverpool, then to Blackpool on loan and now Swansea.
“You don’t know what to expect meeting the players for the first time, even down to the staff.
“But I have learnt that you can’t be negative. You have got to be positive and confident in order to show your character and ability.
“In fairness to the boys here, they welcomed me in straight away. They were having dinner at the hotel when I arrived and they all got up to shake my hand and welcome me to the club.
“I had heard that Swansea was a friendly club. I spoke to Joe Allen just before I signed and he had nothing but good things to say about the club and the fans. (Liverpool and former Swansea boss) Brendan Rodgers and Colin Pascoe were exactly the same.
“The fans seem passionate as well. Less than two hours after I had agreed to sign, people were coming up to me in the local Sainsbury’s in Swansea for autographs and pictures. They were all very welcoming, which was great.”