Cameron Congreve hungry to build on Swansea City breakthrough
Cameron Congreve is hungry to build on a breakthrough year at Swansea City after putting pen to paper on a contract extension.
The 18-year-old midfielder has signed a deal through to the summer of 2025, with the option for an additional 12 months.
The Blaenau Gwent product made five first-team appearances for the Swans towards the end of the 2021-22 season, starting the final two games of the campaign against Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers.
He was a regular in the senior set-up over the second half of last term under head coach Russell Martin, and that has continued during pre-season this summer.
And Congreve is eager to keep learning and working hard to try and get more game time under his belt at first-team level for the club he has been with since under-nine level.
“It’s been a great year for me so far and I have been loving every moment of it,” said the Wales age-grade international.
“It has been a really easy transition for me to the first-team set-up, all the boys and the staff have been so welcoming from day one.
“That makes a difference, the staff have shown faith in young players and that shows you there is a pathway for the younger boys to develop and get to senior level.
“That pathway does not exist at every club, but there are no restrictions here. If you play and perform well you have the opportunity to be in the side.
“Pre-season has been tough but I have really enjoyed it, I feel strong physically.
“I have gone into the games we have had feeling a lot fitter than I did at this stage last season. It’s been really good.
“I’ve played a few different positions, some of it is new to me and I am learning.
“I have to keep working hard and try my best to make sure I am involved in the squad and team as often as possible.”
Congreve was also quick to thank the staff and coaches at the club’s academy for the part they have played in his development to this point.
With his debut at Blackpool making him the latest in a long list of players to come off the production line at Landore.
“I am really grateful to everyone who I have worked with during my time in the academy,” he added.
“The demands are obviously different for every coach you work with, but every single coach I have worked with here has been really good and helped me along the way.
“You look at the work Kris O’Leary did in helping us at under-23 level in terms of introducing the same style of play that the first team use.
“It made such a difference for us when we got the chance to go and train with the first team, it means you understand what is expected.”