Cork relishes extra responsibilities
10th September 2016
Jack Cork admits he has relished his extra responsibilities this season, and hopes to lead Swansea City to victory against his former club on Sunday (4pm).
The 27-year-old has found himself stepping up to Swans skipper this season in the absence of midfield partner Leon Britton, who has been named club captain.
And with Chelsea visiting the Liberty this weekend, Cork - who skippered both the Blues' youth and reserve teams - hopes to guide the Swans to three precious points.
"It's been amazing. It's something I've not done in my senior career yet, so it's a proud achievement for me," said Cork.
"It is a big responsibility, but when I am captain it's something I look forward to and enjoy.
"We have Angel (Rangel), Leon, Lukasz (Fabianski), Wayne (Routledge) and Nathan (Dyer) and guys who have been at the club for a long time who are leaders on the pitch and on the training ground.
"It's a shared responsibility and everyone has their input on a matchday and in and around the training ground."
The Swans host a Chelsea side that has made a perfect start to the Premier League under new boss Antonio Conte.
Three consecutive victories over West Ham, Watford and Burnley put the Blues joint top along with the two Manchester clubs United and City.
The Swans, meanwhile, go into the game having suffered two consecutive defeats to Hull and defending champions Leicester City.
But Cork remains optimistic that Francesco Guidolin's side can end Chelsea's flawless start to the campaign.
"The first three games were always going to be tough. Two of those matches were against newly-promoted teams, and you never know what you're going to come up against," added Cork.
"We had a great win at Burnley while against Hull we had a lot of the ball and didn't take our chances.
"Then we went to Leicester, who were chasing their first win, and they showed why they are champions in that performance.
"We have a tough set of games ahead and we have been working on different ways on how to break down teams.
"We need to keep a good shape and work to our strengths, and if we do that then we can pick up a good result on Sunday."
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