Cork reveals his admiration for Swans
30th January 2015
Jack Cork revealed his admiration for Swansea City proved a key factor in his move to his new club.
The 25-year-old completed his move from Southampton this afternoon, joining the Swans on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Cork is no stranger to the Swans, having played against them on a number of occasions during his career, while he featured in Southampton's 1-0 success at the Liberty in September.
Now, having swapped St Mary's for SA1, the former England Under-21 international is looking forward to life at his new club.
"I'm glad to get it all done. It was tough because I'd been at Southampton for three-and-a-half years and I had some great memories there," said Cork, who will wear squad number 24.
"It had come to the point where myself and the club had gone as far as we could go. The opportunity of a new challenge at Swansea is something I'm looking forward to.
"Swansea are a good footballing team who have been very successful over the last few years.
"It's a team I've always looked at and admired, so for me to play in this team is a privilege.
"The style, the large core of British players and a manager who's hungry to do well made it an easy decision to come here.
"Every time I've played Swansea it has been a tough game. Earlier in the season it was a very hard match, while I played here (last season) under Pochettino and we didn't touch the ball for the first 15 minutes of the game.
"It's always a very tough place to come, so it will be nice to be in the home side at the Liberty."
Cork has plenty of links with Swansea City, with his father Alan managing the club during the 1997-98 campaign.
And it was at the Liberty that Cork junior went on to make his first professional appearance during a loan spell at Bournemouth.
"I spoke to my dad before I came here," he said. "It didn't end up too well for him here, but he had nothing but good things to say about the club and area.
"I have good memories of the area - I remember going down to Mumbles beach with my brother, and he got nipped by a crab!
"From what I remember about coming down here before it is a very nice place and my family will enjoy it.
"I made my league debut here at the Liberty too when I was on loan at Bournemouth - Lee Trundle was on fire and he scored, so I'm sure he'll tell me about that when I see him."
Cork returns to St Mary's this weekend as his current club visits his former employers.
Though his deal wasn't done in time for him to be available to face his Saints team-mates, Cork is looking forward to seeing how his new team fare against Ronald Koeman's high-flying side.
"It's a shame it hadn't got sorted out earlier because I could have made my debut there and also said goodbye to the Southampton fans," added Cork.
"It will be a good game to watch, and now my loyalties have had to change quickly."