It's Fab to be back, says Lukasz
1st August 2016
Lukasz Fabianksi hopes his Euro 2016 exploits will help set him off on the right foot with Swansea City this season.
The goalkeeper played a pivotal role for Poland as his country reached the quarter-finals of the European Championships in France this summer.
Fabianski kept two clean sheets as Poland missed out on a semi-final tie with Wales after losing a penalty shootout to eventual winners Portugal.
After a short break, Fabianski returned to training with the Swans last week as he focuses on the 2016-17 season.
"It's good to be back," said the 31-year-old, speaking from the club's training base in Fairwood.
"It's been a busy summer - I had a very positive experience with Poland at the Euros.
"I was happy with how we did but, on the other hand, I was disappointed because we were close to playing Wales in the semi-final. That would have been great.
"Poland had not won a European Championship game before, so for us to get as far as we did was a good achievement.
"I hope I can continue the good experience I had with Poland in the Euros with Swansea in the Premier League.
"You can have a feel-good factor in football which can stay with you, and hopefully I'll have that when the Premier League kicks off."
Baterie naładowane. Wracamy do pracy! // Batteries charged. Back to work! pic.twitter.com/ZcRRifrBX7- Łukasz Fabiański (@LukaszFabianski) July 26, 2016
Swans boss Francesco Guidolin has utilised Swedish international Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Gerhard Tremmel in goal for the pre-season friendly matches, while the club also signed Australian keeper Mark Birighitti during the summer.
Fabianski could get his first taste of pre-season action in the club's final friendly against Stade Rennais at the Liberty on Saturday (3pm).
And he insists the healthy competition for the goalkeeping position will reap benefits for the club.
"The goalkeeping department has a number of options - it's good to see competition for places," he added. "No matter what position you play, it's only natural that you give even more to ensure you keep your place.
"Having strong competition is good for the players, the manager and the team."
Tickets are still available for Saturday's pre-season friendly against Stade Rennais at the Liberty.
Tickets are priced: £15 for adults; £10 concessions; £5 for 14 to 16-year-olds unaccompanied by an adult and £1 for under-16s accompanied by a paying adult (maximum of two child tickets per paying adult).
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day but supporters are advised to buy in advance to avoid long queues on match day. Tickets are available to Print at Home if purchased online.
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