Gould's debut delight

21st August 2018
Under-21s

Josh Gould has admitted he is still in a daze after making his debut for Swansea City Under-23s.

Just hours after signing a professional contract with the Swans, the goalkeeper played the full 90 minutes of the development side’s 1-1 draw with Derby County at Landore.

The 21-year-old, who has only been playing in goal since he was 16, made the most of his opportunity with a superb save to deny Cameron Cresswell from the penalty spot, while he also displayed stunning reflexes to keep out Chris Martin’s stoppage-time header.

“To sign a professional contract with a category one academy and a Championship club is an absolute dream come true,” he said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.

“When I arrived for my medical, I was informed that Gregor Zabret was injured and I would be starting, so I had to get my act together pretty quickly!

“When the boys found out I was starting, they were building my confidence and telling me to make the most of my opportunity. I tried to leave everything out on the pitch and not come back in with any regrets.

“I was a bit nervous to start but sometimes nerves can be a good thing. Luckily, I made a penalty save and that boosted my confidence even more.”

Swans boss Graham Potter was in attendance at Landore to cast an eye over the club’s rising stars.

Gould enjoyed a taste of training with the first team during his successful trial period in SA1.

And, whilst keeping his feet on the ground, he admits the sky is the limit for him.

“I’ve already had a couple of sessions with the first team and it’s been a huge learning experience for me,” he continued.

“I’ve got lots to improve but I’m setting my targets high, so who knows where I may get to.”