Byers eyes Yeovil chance

9th July 2018
First team

George Byers hopes to be involved when the Swans kick-off their pre-season schedule at Yeovil Town on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Graham Potter takes charge of this first Swans game against Darren Way’s Glovers side.

Byers is one of a number of young players who has been training with the first-team squad since pre-season began last week.

And the 22-year-old, who scored 10 goals in 32 appearances for the under-23s and picked up the young player of the year award last season, feels ready to take to take the leap into first-team football.

“I feel good coming into the season and I hope to play a part at Yeovil,” he said.

“Training with the first team has been great. I hope I am proving to the manager that I am ready for the challenge with the games coming up.

“It’s down to us to show him what we can do on the pitch. I’m really excited to be working under him and if he gives me a chance to play, I will try to take it with both hands.”

Byers joined the Swans from Watford in July 2016 after coming through their youth ranks.

The attacking midfielder got a taste of Championship football when handed his senior debut for the Hornets under then manager Slavisa Jokanovic in a victory over Charlton back in 2015.

And Byers hopes to build on that experience and gain more opportunities with the Swans this season.

“The Championship is a tough league,” he said. “Having that little bit of experience is something I can take into my game and use as an advantage.

“There are a lot of good players in the Championship, but I feel like young players like myself can do well in this league.

“I definitely improved as a player with the development squad last season and feel I am ready for the challenge of stepping up a level this season.”