Jordan Garrick Swansea City
22nd January 2017
Jordan Garrick admits he was thrilled to get 90 minutes under his belt as Swansea City Under-23s came from behind to beat Newcastle in the Premier League Cup on Friday.
The winger's assist allowed striker Botti Biabi to net his ninth goal of the season as the development side pulled level in the second half, before Adnan Maric netted the winner.
The result sees the young Swans jump from fourth to second in Group A, giving the side an improved chance to progress to the last-16 of the competition with three games left to play.
Garrick, who signed for the Swans from non-league Ossett Albion in November 2015 before moving up to be part of the development squad this season, started only his second game of the campaign.
"It was great to be back on the pitch playing 90 minutes." The 18-year-old said.
"I feel I showed what I can do, I am always working on shifting the ball and getting down the wings. It was great to get an assist for Botti to level the score.
"To come from behind against a resilient side like Newcastle was a big achievement, I think we showed great fight as a team after a shaky start.
"I know I haven't played many games this season but I understand you can't always change a winning team. I am one of the youngest players, so I know I need to be patient and wait for my chance.
"Everything this season has been a learning curve for me and I am just taking things step-by-step.
"I had some great games with the under-18s last season but the physicality and tempo of the game is much tougher at this level. It has taken me a while, but I am getting there, I just have to keep my head down, work hard and take every opportunity that comes.
"I hope I can get more game time in the Premier League Cup this season, it is a great opportunity for a number of younger players to show what they can do. Hopefully, I can turn that into a league start before the end of the season."