Kyrell Wilson relishing valuable experience with first team

17th November 2023
Kyrell Wilson

Kyrell Wilson says his recent experience with the Swansea City first team has only given him more motivation to get more opportunities in the senior environment.

Eighteen-year-old Wilson - who joined the Swans in the summer of 2021 after being on the books at Chelsea - was among the substitutes for the Championship fixture at Ipswich last weekend.

It marked his first appearance in a senior matchday squad, and he has since netted his 10th goal of the season for the under-21s in their Premier League Cup defeat to Aston Villa.

Wilson has also continued to train with the first team during the international break, and is determined to keep learning and working hard to grasp more opportunities within Michael Duff's set-up.

"It's been such a good experience so far, it's something every young player wants to work towards and I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity," said Wilson.

"It's what I've been working towards for a while, and I'm glad it's starting to pay off, but I just want more of it.

Matt Grimes and Kyrell Wilson

"I've had a couple of sessions at Fairwood with the first team, and the pace and intensity suits me well, I love it.

"It's also a great experience being among senior players as you learn off them, and they're also there to support you.

"Just even watching them play and train is a great learning experience, and hopefully I can take some of that into my own game."

Sam Parker, Filip Lissah, Evan Watss and Cameron Congreve were also in the travelling party for the fixture in East Anglia, and under-21s' coach Anthony Wright believes such experiences are a key part of the players' development.

"There's nothing more exciting than seeing players go up with the first team. That's what it's about," said Wright.

"Part of our role is to make sure we give them a journey along the way that's going to help them, and hopefully we can be a part of developing them to a point where they are ready for that step up.

"It's a brilliant experience for the boys, and that taste of that environment will only benefit them in helping them understand the level required. It will be a big confidence boost for them."