'It doesn't get much better'

5th December 2018
Checkatrade Trophy

Joe Lewis admits tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy tie with Bristol Rovers is as big as it gets for Swansea City Under-21s.

The young Swans welcome League One opposition to the Liberty Stadium this evening (7.45pm) in a knockout second-round tie.

Boyhood Swans fan Lewis has fond memories of watching night games under the floodlights at the Liberty.

He is excited to have the opportunity to step on to the pitch - rather than into the stands - for a big game tonight.

And after victories over AFC Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic in this season’s competition, the defender believes the Swans can add Rovers to their list of scalps.

“It doesn’t get much better at this level,” he tells tonight’s Jack Magazine.

“It will be great to play at the Liberty Stadium in front of our families and friends. When I was younger, the night games here were always my favourites to come and watch. There is always a brilliant atmosphere and it is a great opportunity for us.

“We want to play more games in this competition to have more chances to play at this stadium. This is where we all want to be playing for the first team so, hopefully, we can show what we can do against league opposition again and prove that we’re good enough to progress.

“We’ve already beaten top teams in this competition, so we all believe we can win again tonight.”

You can read more from Joe Lewis in this evening’s Jack Magazine.

The centre-back reflects on the Swans’ journey so far in this season’s Checkatrade Trophy, while we also hear from under-23s coach Cameron Toshack.

Full-back Aaron Lewis lifts the lid on the characters in the under-23 dressing room in our team-mates feature, while Adnan Maric reveals 10 facts about him that you may not already know.

We also learn more about our stars of the future, as well as taking a closer look at Bristol Rovers.

Our first Jack Magazine of this season’s Checkatrade Trohpy is available for just £1 from around the Liberty and the club shop.