Leroy Fer sees good times ahead after joining Swansea City

5th July

Leroy Fer is confident there are good times ahead at Swansea City after Francesco Guidolin's "good surprise" returned to the club on a permanent basis.
Fer has signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after arriving from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.
The Holland international is back in Wales having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Swans.
And Fer is keen to impress once again having won Guidolin over during his loan spell at the club, with the Italian admitting he knew little about Fer when the midfielder arrived back on February 1, but at the end of the season described his contribution as "a good surprise".

"He said that to me also," Fer revealed. "He was really happy with how I gelled with the team and he said that I did very, very good.
"He said he was surprised because he didn't know much about me. But I said to him that I just wanted to prove myself.
"At the end of the season he said he wanted to keep me here and when the coach wants you, that makes it easy.
"I am very happy to be back. From the first moment I came here, I felt at home.
"The boys were good to me and they made it very easy for me.
"I am very happy to sign for Swansea and I hope to do my best and be important for the team."

Swansea were in the midst of a relegation struggle when Fer arrived on loan from QPR.
But he made 11 appearances as Guidolin's men ended up avoiding the drop with plenty to spare.
And the team's form in the closing stages of 2015-16 has convinced Fer that the new campaign will bring some happier times.

"If we play like we did in the second half of last season, I think we can aim to finish higher," he said.
"That's what we want. When I first came here we were in 17th place, but we finished the season in 12th. We did very well in the second half of the season.
"We have a strong team with good players.
"Hopefully we will have some new, strong players coming in to help us as well, so I am looking forward to next season."
Fer will compete with the likes of Leon Britton, Ki Sung-Yueng, Jack Cork, Andre Ayew and Gylfi Sigurdsson for a place in Swansea's midfield next season.
"We have good players and some good midfielders," he added. "Everybody here wants to play and they all want to compete. I am the same. I think that situation makes the team stronger."