Captaincy has helped me grow, says van der Hoorn

13th May 2019
First team

Mike van der Hoorn believes the captaincy role has helped him become a more mature person and player at Swansea City.

The Dutchman led the Swans on numerous occasions during Leroy Fer’s absence through injury in the 2018-19 campaign.

The 26-year-old, who is one of the more experienced players within Graham Potter’s young squad, led by example during a hugely successful season on a personal note.

He featured in all 46 Championship games under Potter, and managed four more in the FA Cup, meaning he missed one game all season – the EFL Cup defeat to Crystal Palace in August.

And van der Hoorn feels his added responsibilities when wearing the captain’s armband have played a big role in his development.

“I played the most games in my career this season, so it has been successful on a personal note,” said the former Ajax centre-back.

“I have captained the team a lot, so I have learned from that aspect. We have a young team and even though I am only 26 I can pass on my experience and knowledge to help the young players grow.

“I think my extra responsibilities over the course of the season have helped me mature too not only as a footballer but as a person.

“So it’s been really successful on that front.”