Joe Rodon

Joe Rodon proud but focused after Wales debut

11th September
First team

Joe Rodon has returned to Swansea City brimming with pride after his Wales debut, but determined to help ensure Steve Cooper’s men back up their strong start to the season.

The 21-year-old made his bow for the national side in Friday’s 2-1 win over Azerbaijan, winning a number of plaudits for his performance, including particular praise from Dragons’ boss Ryan Giggs.

Rodon also featured in Monday’s 1-0 friendly win over Belarus, and has fulfilled one of his dream ambitions in representing his country.

“Of course, I am very proud, particularly as it was something I felt I was working towards last season before the injury struck,” he said.

“But the gaffer has told me how important it is to be patient, and the great start we have had to the season has been fantastic and this just makes it another great week for me.

“I am incredibly grateful for everyone who has helped me along the way. I hope there are more occasions like that to come in what is a very talented side.

“It means a lot to me. Two of my dreams were to play for Swansea – my hometown club – and to play for my country, and to have achieved both is fantastic.”

Joe Rodon

Rodon – and Swans and Wales team-mate Connor Roberts – now turn their focus to Saturday’s return to Championship action against Nottingham Forest.

Swansea are sitting at the top of the second tier after taking 16 points from a possible 18, and confidence is understandably high.

But Rodon insists neither he nor his team-mates will be resting on their laurels, despite his understandable excitement at making his senior international bow.

“It’s a massive achievement for me, no doubt, but I cannot get too carried away with it,” he said.

“We’ve had a great start to the season, but over a campaign that is so long there are going to be down times. That’s football.

“But if we maintain our standards, we can hopefully find that consistency. It’s a tough league and, while it’s been a great week, the focus has to be on getting another win at the weekend.

“We have started well, and we have to hit the ground running again.”