Joe salutes his fellow Jacks

13th August 2018
First team

Lifelong fan Joe Rodon has paid tribute to the Jack Army after making a memorable Swansea City debut this weekend.

Well over a decade after he joined the club's youth set-up, Rodon made his first senior appearance for the Swans as they made it two wins from two in the Championship thanks to a 1-0 victory over Preston North End on Saturday.

Rodon, who hails from Llangyfelach, knows all about the passion of Swans supporters having grown up watching his home-city club from the stands at the Liberty.

And the 20-year-old savoured the moment as he made his senior bow.

“As a local lad, I know what this crowd is like,” Rodon said.

“They have been brilliant every year and will be for years to come.

“They’re like an extra player on the pitch and they gave us the motivation to keep going until the end.”

Rodon was handed his first-team chance after the deadline-day exits of Jordi Amat and Federico Fernandez left the Swans with only one senior central defender, Mike van der Hoorn.

But the Welsh Under-21 international is not about to get carried away, and knows he must continue to knuckle down on the training field if further opportunities are to come his way.

“Obviously I’m not going to look too far into things,” Rodon added.

“I’m just going to take every day as it comes. I’ll keep working hard in training and see what the future holds.”