Jay: I always wanted to stay

6th November 2018
First team

Jay Fulton is planning to deal with “unfinished business” at Swansea City after signing a new Liberty Stadium contract.

Fulton has put pen to paper on a fresh agreement which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.

And the midfielder is thrilled to have recommitted to the Swans having started to make a mark under Graham Potter.

Fulton has played a total of 37 Swans games since joining the club from Falkirk nearly five years ago.

A dozen of those appearances have come in the last three months – and Fulton is determined to ensure there are many more in the years ahead.

“I am delighted to get the contract done,” said Fulton, whose previous deal was due to expire in 2020.

“There has been some talk since the start of the season about it and, the way things have gone this season, I am happy here.

“I am getting the game-time I have been looking for and the team are going well.

“I have been here for a while now without really cementing a place in the team.

“This season I have got the minutes on the pitch and I feel like I have helped the team.

“This contract means I will be here for another year, and it will also give me extra confidence every time I step on to the pitch.”

Fulton may have featured even more in 2018-19 but for a couple of contact injuries.

The Scot broke a bone in his hand against Bristol City and then suffered a nasty cut to his head in the draw with Nottingham Forest.

When fit, he has always been in the manager’s thinking thanks to some influential displays.

Fulton scored his first league goal for the Swans against Preston in August, and quickly notched up a second in the win over QPR.

He also unleashed the long-range strike which led to an own goal from Blackburn keeper David Raya.

Fulton’s overall contribution has made this the best spell of his stint as a Swans player.

It has justified the decision – made by player and club – that Fulton should stay in SA1 despite outside interest during the summer transfer window.

“I always wanted to stay but we had to see what the club wanted,” Fulton added.

“A lot of players left after we got relegated, but I always wanted to stay because I felt if I got the chance, I could make an impression here.

“There was some unfinished business for me.

“I’ve had to wait for this opportunity – to get the games I have so far this season.

“Now I’ve had the chance it’s down to me not to let the opportunity go.”