Cornell's back with the Swans
31st December 2013
David Cornell hopes to be part of Michael Laudrup's first-team squad for the New Years Day clash with Manchester City after he returned from a loan spell at St Mirren.
The Swans youngster joined the Scottish Premier League outfit last July, and the 22-year-old made six appearances in goal for the Buddies.
Cornell fell down the pecking order at St Mirren Park following the arrival of Slovakian international Marian Kello, but his return to the Swans will boost Michael Laudrup's goalkeeping options following Michel Vorm's absence through injury.
Youngsters Oliver Davies and Gregor Zabret have provided cover on the bench in recent games with Gerhard Tremmel starting between the sticks.
Cornell's arrival back at the Liberty gives Laudrup another option, and - pending international clearance being received on Wednesday morning - the Wales Under-21s keeper is hoping to be included in the Great Dane's matchday squad for Wednesday's clash with title-chasing City in SA1.
"My time at St Mirren was a good experience for me," said Cornell, who spent a previous loan spell at Hereford United in the 2011-12 season.
"It was interesting to see how other teams and managers prepare for games and how they want you to play.
"It was a big step up from my time on loan at Hereford in League Two. The Scottish Premier League gets hammered a bit - unfairly in my opinion - but it's a strong league with some really good players and good facilities too.
"I turned up and I was handed the number one jersey, which was great for me.
"To be away from home and dealing with the demands of first-team football every week is something I will take a lot from.
"I remember one game, against Partick Thistle, where I was bombarded with shots and crosses. It was a busy match for me, but it gave me plenty of experience.
"I then found myself out of the team, but it was up to me to remain professional and work hard to get back into the team.
"I wanted to ensure that the manager would know I was available immediately if he looked to change his goalkeeper options.
"But now I'm back at Swansea and I've already trained with the Under-21s and the first team.
"I am hoping to be available for the game on New Years Day. If I could make the bench then it would be an amazing game to be a part of.
"Michel is obviously unavailable, so hopefully I can give the manager another option during this period. But we'll wait and see.
"If I get international clearance and I can be on the bench then that would be a great start to the year for me."