Byers proud to wear the shirt

29th August 2018
First team

George Byers has spoken of his pride after making his Swansea City debut in the Carabao Cup clash with Crystal Palace.

The 22-year-old was one of no fewer than seven players to be handed a Swans first-team bow by on Tuesday night. 

Former Watford academy player Byers, who arrived in Wales in 2016, scooped last season’s young player of the year award at the Liberty after scoring 10 goals for the under-23s.

And despite Palace's 1-0 triumph, Byers felt GRaham Potter's youthful Swans side could hold their heads high after challenging the Premier League outfit.

“It was an excellent performance from such a young team,” Byers said.

“A lot of players made their debuts, me included. We gave it a real good go against a strong Palace side.

“There was a sense of pride in the dressing room afterwards. It was good to get out there and play in front of our home fans and get a taste of first-team action.

“I have been with the under-23s for two seasons. We have won leagues and cups and waited patiently for an opportunity.

“All of us young lads work hard every day to get an opportunity like that. I think we showed great character and we enjoyed the occasion.

“I am grateful to the manager for giving us that opportunity. I feel I will take good experience from it and take into future games.”

Daniel James went close on more than one occasion with Byers, Matt Grimes and Yan Dhanda also among those creating problems for Palace.

But Alexander Sorloth’s second-half strike proved the difference between the two sides and it is Palace who progress to round three.

“Everyone who got out on the pitch showed what they can do,” added Byers.

“We have some young lads who have put their hands up to say they are ready.

“I think we were unlucky with the result, but we gave them a good go and showed what we can do.

“It is a big step up but I want to be involved in more games like that in the future.

“I gave it everything so hopefully I have put myself in the frame for another opportunity.”