Dyer proud of "best friend" Routledge's milestone

28th March 2019
First team

Nathan Dyer has hailed his close friend Wayne Routledge after seeing the Swansea City winger pass 250 appearances for the club.

Routledge joined the Swans in the summer of 2011, and he reached his 250 in the defeat against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Of the current squad, only fellow winger Dyer has made more appearances or spent more time at the club, and the pair have bounced back impressively from the frustration of spending much of the first half of the campaign on the periphery.

The wide duo have become firm friends over the years, rooming together on away trips, while Routledge is godfather to Dyer's youngest child.

Which means Dyer could not be happier to see his old pal reach a notable milestone.

"When Wayne joined the Swans, we hit it off straightaway. We’ve grown closer as the years have gone on and we’re best friends now. He’s even a godparent to my youngest child. We’ve been room-mates for a while, too," he said.

"When he was younger, he went to a lot of big clubs. At the time, it was a case of who would give him a chance. He just needed to find a club where he could play consistently.

"If you’re in and out of the team, you’re never really going to hit your full potential. Once you start playing regularly, you’ve got to concentrate on producing the goods week in week out.

"If you perform really well in one game, everybody expects you to stay at that level, which is impossible. But, if you can stay around that mark, it makes things a lot easier.

"We’ve enjoyed some really good times together with the Swans – whether that be scoring goals, setting each other up or playing in some great games where we’ve dominated teams.

"Playing 250 games for the club is a massive achievement. He’s always giving 110 per cent for the team and you won’t see anything less, so huge congratulations to him. I’m very proud that he’s reached that landmark."