Cameron Evans | I must keep pushing myself
Defender Cameron Evans admits he has been pleasantly surprised by his increased amount of game time with Swansea City Under-23s this season, having only signed his first professional contract in the summer.
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The centre-half has missed just one game for the development side so far this season – racking up 14 appearances in all competitions.
Evans, who has been with the Swans since under-nine level, signed his first pro deal with the club in the summer – joining brother Jack in the under-23s set-up.
The 18-year-old has been a consistent performer in the heart of the development side’s defence, while he recently trained with Steve Cooper’s first-team squad at Fairwood.
Although surprised by the strides he has made this season, Wales under-19 international Evans insists he cannot rest on his laurels and must continue to strive for bigger and better.
“I didn’t expect to be playing so much when I first signed my pro contract,” he said.
“I expected to be battling to feature in my first year but, with a lot of the boys stepping up to the first team, I have been lucky to get my chances.
“I just have to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone. There’s always another step that little bit higher that I want to push myself to reach.
“I trained with the first team recently and it was a great experience. A lot of the boys are very experienced and have played in the Premier League, which is the pinnacle of where I want to be, so it’s important that we learn from them when we get the chance.”
Evans, who captained Swansea’s under-19s to FAW Youth Cup glory last season, will be looking to feature again on Monday as the under-23s welcome Norwich City to Landore.
The young Swans were 1-0 winners against the Canaries on the opening day of the season, thanks to Brandon Cooper’s terrific long-range strike.
However, the development side are now aiming to end a run of six games without a win in all competitions.
Nevertheless, the defender is confident that a more clinical display in front of goal will lead to a positive result in what is their final home league game of 2019.
“I think we have been hard done by with a lot of the results we’ve had recently,” he added.
“In most of the games, we’ve played well but it’s just the cutting edge that we need to work on.
“We beat Norwich earlier in the season and we have played a lot of good football over the last couple of games.
“If we continue that hard work and finish our chances, there’s no reason why we can’t get another win.”