Josh Gould signs new Swansea City deal
Josh Gould has signed a new contract with Swansea City, which is set to keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2022.
The young goalkeeper, whose existing contract was due to expire at the end of this season, has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal with the Swans, with the option of a further 12-month extension.
It is the second time in just over six months that the 22-year-old has been rewarded with fresh terms in SA1, having penned a one-year deal back in June.
The former Bridgewater Town, Cardiff Met and Taffs Well goalkeeper, who joined the Swans following a successful trial in August 2018, has made 14 appearances for the under-23s in all competitions this season.
And the 22-year-old revealed his delight after extending his stay in South Wales.
“It’s a great feeling. I’m really looking forward to the future and building on the last 18 months I’ve had at the club,” he said.
“It’s a big milestone for me and something I didn’t think was possible a few short years ago.
“Sometimes, it’s good to look back and see where you’ve come from, but you can’t stand still for too long.
“Since the new management staff have come in, I’ve done my best to impress them and I think they’ve taken a liking to me. It’s good to be rewarded for that.
“I’ll keep my head down and keep working hard and see what happens over the next couple of years.”
Gould was quick to highlight the positive influence that under-23s goalkeeping coach Martin Davies has had on his progress with the club.
“I owe it all to Martin. Without him, I’m not sure any of this would have been achievable,” he added.
“I came in 18 months ago having rolled out of university and not had much coaching.
“Martin’s been first-class and really took me under his wing. He should take a lot of the credit for this.
“He’s a great coach at developing young players and he’s got a good line of young goalkeepers coming through the academy and looking to progress.”
This season, Gould has also benefited from training with first-team goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson on several occasions.
And he is hoping for further opportunities to develop under the England coach’s guidance.
“I’m in a fortunate position. He’s classed as the best goalkeeping coach in England,” Gould continued.
“He’s had a good career working with top goalkeepers. To be able to learn from him is massive and he has really helped me so far this season.
“I’m trying to work with him more often and learn as much as I can.
“We work on the finer details. He’s a perfectionist so if you’re not doing things properly then he’ll get on your back, but that’s what you need.
“To have that top-level coaching is class.”