On this day: Monk signs for Swans

4th June 2018

Garry Monk joined Swansea City from Barnsley on this day in 2004.

The central defender arrived in South Wales on a free transfer after struggling to settle in Yorkshire.

However, he found his feet in SA1 and proved to be a real steal for the Swans, as he helped them gain promotion from League Two in his debut season, before captaining them to the League One title three years later.

Monk also wore the armband at Wembley, where his memorable block helped the Swans beat Reading in the Championship Play-off final to secure promotion to the Premier League in 2011.

He then lifted the trophy on the club's return to Wembley two years later, as they beat Bradford City 5-0 in the Capital One Cup final.

Monk made 270 appearances in all competitions before serving as the club’s manager between February 2014 and December 2015 – helping them to their highest Premier League finish of eighth during the 2014-15 campaign.

Now 39, he is set to embark on his first full season in charge at Birmingham City.