Kasey Palmer | This move has been a long time in the making
Kasey Palmer is delighted to finally be a Swansea City player after sealing a season-long loan from Bristol City.
The move, subject to international clearance, will see the 23-year-old spend the remainder of the 2020-21 season on loan at the Liberty Stadium.
The Charlton and Chelsea youth product has been linked with a move to the Swans before and, after acknowledging he had nearly made the switch in previous transfer windows, Palmer is pleased to be joining a club and team he believes can help him thrive.
“I’m happy to finally be here in front of the Jack Army and have the deal done,” he said with a smile.
“It’s been a long time coming, I’ve been linked with Swansea over the last couple of windows and, now it’s done, I can’t wait to get going.
“I was close to coming here last summer and I had good conversations with the head coach, so to finally be here is a relief and I cannot wait to get down to work, meet the lads and get out on the pitch.
“Swansea have always been known for playing good football, especially with the manger now looking to build from the back and play through the thirds, so it is something I recognised in the games I have played against them and I want to be a part of it.
“It’s perfect for me, having played Swansea last year and had conversations with the manager after games, there are things that stick in your mind.
“Now we are here, and to be part of that style of play is attractive.”
Palmer will look to settle in to his new surroundings quickly, and will be helped by the fact there are a number of familiar faces waiting to greet him in the Swansea changing room.
He played with Korey Smith at Bristol City, and came through the Chelsea ranks with Marc Guehi, as well as playing with Matt Grimes, Morgan Gibbs-White and Freddie Woodman in the England age-grade ranks.
And Palmer revealed how he had spoken to his old colleague Smith about what he could expect from life at Swansea.
“We had been speaking together a bit over the last few weeks while the deal was being spoken about between the clubs,” said Palmer.
“Korey has been keeping me up to date and he has been telling me about the city, the club and the players.
“He has given me a debrief, if you like, and that’s been good.
“I’ve played with Grimesy before with England, also Marc, Morgan and Freddie.
“So it’s nice going into a new dressing room knowing a few people and I hope this will help.”