Iestyn Jones relishing opportunity with Under-21s

4th February
Kit Margetson Villa

Defender Iestyn Jones is relishing the opportunity to step up an age grade after making his first start for Swansea City Under-21s in their 1-1 draw against Aston Villa in the Premier League Cup.

Cameron Congreve slotted home the opener for the visitors in the first half, only for the hosts to level five minutes later as Kobei Moore converted from the spot.

The Swans will have to wait on Monday's result between Brighton and Hove Albion and Hull City, with the Seagulls requiring a win and a 10-goal swing to leapfrog the Swans for the runners-up spot in Group A, to see if they have made the knockout stages.

Wales youth International Jones had made his under-21s’ debut when introduced as a substitute in the defeat against Charlton Athletic last time out in the league, and performed strongly when handed a starting role.

"I really enjoyed the game, and I thought we dominated a large amount of it," said Jones.

"It's a good experience playing against more senior players, because you have to match their physicality and intensity. 

"It's a great feeling playing with the under-21s, and it's been good getting game time with them in recent weeks. I just need to keep my feet on the ground and, hopefully, I can continue to impress.

"Playing at this level, it's quick and intense, you've really got to protect the ball, and that's something I like to do. 

"Training up Fairwood is great, especially when I've got some of my under-18s’ teammates with me.

"I hope to continue contributing to the team, they're all great boys and I love playing with them and it just makes me want to keep improving."