Aimar Govea | Senior debut an unbelievable experience

30th March
First team
Aimar Govea Sheffield Wednesday

Aimar Govea admitted his opportunity with the Swansea City senior team had come sooner than expected as he reflected on the "unbelivable" feeling of making his debut in the 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday.

The under-18s' winger signed his first professional deal with the club just last week, and was included in the senior squad for the first time as he travelled to Hillsborough for the Championship clash with the Owls.

But any notion the Ecuador youth international was there for the experience were quickly dispelled when - with the Swans 1-0 down - head coach Luke Williams summoned the teenager from the bench, having been impressed with his showings in training.

Govea made a positive impact, receiving plaudits from the 1,000-plus travelling Jacks in the away end, and winning the corner which eventually led to Jamal Lowe’s leveller in the 76th minute.

“It feels unbelievable playing for this team and making my debut at 17,” said Govea..

“It just feels really good. The manager just told me to be myself. He said 'do your thing, and don’t be nervous, do what you’ve been doing in training'.

“I'll be honest and admit I was a bit nervous stood on the touchline, but once you get on the pitch it’s okay. You just have to do your job. 

“It was a tough game to come on to, but it was a really good battle.

“It felt incredible to hear the support from the fans, it just feels unreal, people knowing my name. That experience has been unreal.

“I wasn’t expecting the chance, but when it comes to it you have to take the opportunity and give everything you’ve got.”

And Govea is hoping he can continue to earn more opportunities in the final run-in.

“The boys have helped me so much, they’ve been around me and I’m really thankful to them,” he added.

“It’s great to be training with them and travelling.

“I hope I can get some more opportunities, it would be great to be in the squad again and come on at home.”