Kai Ludvigsen | I'm over the moon to be with the Under-23s
Swansea City defender Kai Ludvigsen has relished his late-season step up to under-23 level and hopes to build upon the opportunity after a campaign disrupted by injury.
Ludvigsen helped the development side extend their good form with a 4-2 win over Colchester United on Monday.
The Swans netted three goals in an excellent first half, with Cameron Evans, Tarrelle Whittaker and Joel Cotterill all getting on the score sheet, with Chay Cooper pulling one back for the visitors.
Bradley Ihionvein pulled one back for Colchester to put on the pressure, but a late goal from Joe Thomas sealed three points for the Swans.
Ludvigsen recently transitioned into the under-23s after spending most of the season with the under-18s, earning praise from coach Kris O’Leary.
The 18-year-old has said that he has enjoyed the challenge of stepping up an age grade and feels he had adjusted well.
“With the way that the under-23s play, you get a lot more time on the ball, you find yourself in different areas and I’m enjoying it,” said Ludvigsen.
“I had an operation at the start of the year, so I came back with the under-18s for a while, got about three or four months in with them and then Kris O’Leary wanted me to move to the under-23s and here I am now playing, and I’m over the moon.
“It was a bit of a challenge at first, knowing where to be and getting the right timing but, when you get used to it, it’s good to get on the ball a lot and get forward, I’m really enjoying it.
“I think the first half was very good from everyone, we kept the ball so well, we dominated. In the second half they’ve gone in and made a few changes and it got scrappy at times. Even though there were a few good things in the second half we could have done much better.
“We gave away a goal and then the next 10 minutes were erratic, but towards the end of the game we got a little bit of control back, the goal helped settle the nerves and from there we were alright.”