Britton hails "brilliant" Cork
3rd April 2015
Leon Britton has hailed the huge impact made by fellow midfielder Jack Cork following his move from Southampton.
Cork swapped St Mary's for the Swans in January, with the 25-year-old coincidentally having to watch his past and present club go head-to-head just days after his switch to South Wales.
In his seven appearances to date, the former Chelsea trainee has proved a key cog in Garry Monk's midfield with some eye-catching displays.
And Britton, who is providing strong competition with Cork for the same position, has been hugely impressed with the former Saints star.
"Jack has been brilliant. It feels like he has been here for years," said Britton, who has recovered from a back spasm in time for Saturday's home clash with Hull.
"He has just slotted in and done his job remarkably well. That position is one where you fall under the radar and don't get rave reviews despite what you do for the team.
"He's only 25 but he's got a lot of experience and he's fitted in very well here. We're delighted to have him.
"I am really surprised that Southampton allowed him to leave because you can see the quality he has. We were well aware of that anyway because he has played against us enough times over the year."
The Swans go into the game with the Tigers looking to claim a league double over Steve Bruce's side having won 1-0 at the KC Stadium back in December.
Monk's men know they are just five points short of creating a new club points record in the Premier League.
And Britton feels Monk deserves a lot of credit for the way in which he has led the club during his first full season in charge.
"There were question marks in the summer from the press around the manager and questioning whether we would be as good in previous years," added Britton.
"We seem to get doubted every year anyway, so it's nothing new to us.
"But we're on course to beat our record points tally along with our best position, so we have blown any doubts out of the park.
"That tells you a lot about the work the manager has done, along with his coaching staff and the squad.
"He pushes us very hard in training every single day, and he won't let us rest on our laurels and slip the flip-flops on because we have major targets to reach and records to beat."