Wayne Routledge Joe Rodon

Joe Rodon hails "club legend" Routledge

1st September 2019
First team

Joe Rodon felt it was fitting that “club legend” Wayne Routledge was the man to end Swansea City’s Elland Road hoodoo.

Routledge came off the bench on Saturday to guide a deflected Matt Grimes cross into the net via the inside of the post.

It was the winger’s second goal in a matter of days after opening his account for the season in the Carabao Cup win over Cambridge.

Only Nathan Dyer has played more games for the Swans in the current first-team squad, with Routledge racking up 293 appearances since his debut in 2011.

Head coach Steve Cooper spoke warmly of the 34-year-old’s professionalism and the example he sets for others.

And Rodon, who was part of an excellent defensive display in Yorkshire, was delighted that it was Routledge who struck the decisive blow to seal a first win at Leeds in 70 years.

Joe Rodon

Wayne is an absolute legend of this club,” said the centre-half.

“He deserved his moment. I’m really grateful to him for coming on and getting the goal for us.

“It was a fantastic reward for all the hard work that we put in.

“With Wayne people don’t realise what a great guy he is off the field as well.

“He is always happy to pull you to one side and give you some advice because he’s been there and done it all.

“Hopefully, he can push on now this season and we all stick together to make it a great campaign.”