Edwards benefits from loan spell

23rd January 2014

Gwion Edwards is hoping to reap the benefits from his experience of first-team football while on loan at St. Johnstone.

Edwards recently returned to the Swans after his temporary stint in Scotland came to an end in January. 

The 20-year-old winger had been gaining senior experience in the Scottish Premier League, where he made a total of 19 appearances for The Saints, including a cameo in their 1-0 victory over Rosenborg in the Europa League.

"It was a good experience to get some games and be around the first team at St. Johnstone," said Edwards. 

"To play against teams like Celtic was a step up. It was a lot more physical there than it is playing for the Under-21s. 

"Playing in the Europa League was also a great experience for me. It was a good test to play against Rosenborg - a team who have competed in the Champions League over the years - and it was great to get a win against them.

Edwards had been offered the option of staying with St. Johnstone until the end of the season but felt it was the right time to make his return to Wales and fight for an opportunity with Swansea's first-team.

"They asked me to extend the loan until the end of the season, but after speaking to Swansea, I felt it would be better for me to come back," the young winger explained.

"It's good to be back and around everyone again. A lot of things have changed since I've been away. We obviously have the training ground now, which is a great facility.

"Hopefully I can keep working hard now and get a chance with the first-team."