Fulton's loving life in the top flight
13th February 2015
Having spent just over a year at Swansea City, Jay Fulton feels he's now fully adjusted to life in the Barclays Premier League.
The young Scot made the switch from Scottish Championship side Falkirk in January 2014, going on to make his top-flight debut off the bench in a rousing win over Aston Villa a few months later.
A first start came in front of over 45,000 at the Stadium of Light, with the 20-year-old featuring in a final-day 3-1 win against Sunderland.
Despite a frustrating summer which saw injury halt his progress, Fulton has made five appearances so far this term as he competes for midfield places along with Leon Britton, Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey, loanee Tom Carroll and new signing Jack Cork.
The most recent came in the 1-0 win at Southampton, where Fulton appeared alongside Carroll and goalscorer Shelvey in the Swans' midfield.
The Scottish Under-21 international earned a heap of praise for his display, which featured calmness on the ball along with a determination to break up the Saints' rhythm.
And while he has been back among the substitutes for the last two games, Fulton is thoroughly enjoying his opportunity within Garry Monk's squad.
"It has been a big step up for me, but I've remained patient and continued to work hard in the meantime," said Fulton, who made over 100 appearances for Falkirk. "It's a quicker league, it's stronger and you don't have much time to think.
"I've taken things in my stride, and aside from that the manager has been amazing with me.
"I'd not had any experience playing in the English system before coming here, but he's shown a lot of faith in me.
"Now I've played a few games and have been involved a lot around the first team I feel comfortable and able to cope with the demands that come my way.
"There are big players here, but it's all about pushing each other on in training and giving the manager some difficult decisions to make."