King keen to follow Kingsley's lead
12th July 2016
Adam King is keen to follow the lead of Stephen Kingsley as he bids to land a place in Francesco Guidolin's Swansea City side.
King hopes 2016-17 could be the campaign which sees him make the step up from development player to regular first-team squad member.
And the 20-year-old admits he only has to look at Kingsley for inspiration.
The two Scots spent the first few months of last season on loan together at Crewe Alexandra, where both players impressed.
They then returned to the Liberty to play development football - but Kingsley was given a chance in the first team and seized it with both hands.
The 21-year-old left-back made his Swans debut in the FA Cup defeat at Oxford in January, but it was when he was handed an opportunity in the Premier League that Kingsley really impressed.
He made an unforgettable top-flight bow in the victory at Arsenal in March, then featured in wins over Aston Villa and West Ham as well as the final-day draw with Manchester City.
After his Swans breakthrough, Kingsley's senior Scotland debut followed against France in June.
"What happened to Stephen just shows you how quickly things can change for you," King says.
"He was out on loan at the start of the season and then back playing for the under-21s, then he was straight into the first team and he has done really well.
"That just shows how much it can change in a short space of time.
"For younger lads like me and the rest of the under-21s, that's something to look at and to try to follow."
Kingsley managed 11 Crewe appearances in just over three months at Gresty Road, while King played 26 times - and scored five goals - during a six-month stint with the Railwaymen.
King's only first-team appearance to date for Swansea came as a substitute in the FA Cup triumph at Tranmere back in January 2015, but he hopes that will soon change.
"Stephen has set the standard by coming back and breaking through into the first team after a loan spell at Crewe," King adds.
"If I could do the same, that would be brilliant.
"People like me, Jay Fulton and Matt Grimes are all looking to impress the manager and to kick on.
"Hopefully I will be in and around the first team, knocking on the door. We will see what happens in pre-season. Hopefully, like I say, I can impress the manager."
Though he has not played for Guidolin, King has spoken to the Swans boss.
"I get on well with him and his assistants as well. It's brilliant to work under them," he says.
"I am learning new things from them all the time. In the last month of last season, I was training with them day in and day out, and that was a great experience.
"The manager encouraged me. He said I had been training well and told me to keep working hard. That's what I'll do."