Dan's delight over Swans chance

19th August 2018
First team

Daniel James is already craving his next opportunity after becoming the latest Swansea City youngster to be handed a chance by Graham Potter.

James made his first senior league appearance when he arrived as a second-half substitute at Birmingham City on Friday night.

The 20-year-old is the third young Swan to make his Football League bow in just three games this season after Yan Dhanda at Sheffield United and then Joe Rodon against Preston North End.

And having got a taste of Championship action, James is hoping to be let off the leash again as the Swans prepare for back-to-back home games against Leeds and Bristol City.

“It feels a bit surreal to have made my league debut,” he said.

“I had a bit of a part to play in the cup last season, but it was my first game in the league and I am just happy to have been involved.

“I am happy that the gaffer trusted in me. You always dream of getting this chance and I think once I get on I grew into the game a little bit.

“You say to say yourself that you have worked hard for this moment so you have to take the chance when it comes.

“The manager has shown he really trusts in us young lads. Joe has played and done well. Yan played and did well. The gaffer has shown he will play us and that feels amazing.”

James has been earmarked has a player with promise ever since he joined the Swans from Hull as a 16-year-old in 2014.

The Wales Under-21 cap made his one previous first-team appearance in January’s FA Cup thrashing of Notts County.

Having featured at Birmingham ahead of some more experience players, he hopes his next opportunity is not far away.

“I hope I impressed the gaffer,” he added.

“I want to play as much as I can and I will keep working hard to get that spot in the team.

“Physically and mentally it’s a step up. The ball moves a lot quicker and you have to be prepared for players to be touch-tight to you. There’s a lot to get used to.

“It’s quite nerve-wracking when you are waiting to come on and Birmingham was a tough game for us. It was a different type of football, but we dug in well and kept a clean sheet.

“We are three unbeaten and now we have a couple of home games which we will go into with high hopes.”