Jamal Lowe relishing extra pressure and demands
Jamal Lowe is relishing the extra pressure coming his way this season as he looks to become a more senior figure in the Swansea City squad.
The Jamaica international marked his first season with the Swans with 14 goals as the season ended in a play-off final defeat at Wembley.
Lowe, who converted from winger to a forward last season, also scooped the club’s goal of the season accolade following the second of his goals in the derby win over Cardiff.
He joins the rest of the Swans squad, which will include new signing Kyle Joseph, on Saturday when day one of pre-season training gets under way in Fairwood.
Then a training camp in Pennyhill Park takes preparations up a notch ahead of pre-season friendlies against Swindon Town, Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers and Premier League side Southampton.
And Lowe is looking forward to more pressure and responsibility being demanded from him as the new season approaches.
“We are all going to have to step up this season because there have been some massive departures,” said Lowe.
“Naturally, I think I will have more demands and pressure on me to step up, in particular with Andre Ayew having left. That’s an area in which we will all have to come together to fill the void.
“I’ve probably learned more from Andre than anyone else in my career. The way he worked, his finishing quality, preserving his energy, his professionalism on and off the pitch – I can take bits from him in that respect.
“I’m looking forward to the extra pressure – that’s when you get the best moments.”