Leroy's proud to be skipper

19th November 2018
First team

Leroy Fer has spoken of his personal pride in captaining Swansea City this season.

The Dutchman was handed the armband this summer following the appointment of manager Graham Potter.

Injuries have restricted him to 13 league appearances – five from the start – this term, with fellow countryman Mike van der Hoorn taking over as skipper in his absence.

Fer is now fully fit and racked up his second consecutive 90 minutes in last weekend’s 1-0 win at Bolton.

At just 28, the former QPR and Norwich midfielder is one of the oldest members of Potter’s squad.

And he’s enjoying the chance to lead by example as a youthful Swans squad continue to impress in the Championship.

“I’m really enjoying my role as captain,” said Fer, who originally joined the Swans on loan from QPR in February 2016 before making his move permanent a few months later.

“I’ve completed my second 90 minutes since returning from injury and I’m getting fitter and stronger.

“I’m very proud and it’s an honour to be the captain of Swansea City.

“The gaffer wants me to be a leader on the pitch and that’s what I hope I am doing.”

He added: “I am enjoying seeing the young lads developing. We have Connor Roberts, Daniel James and Joe Rodon – guys who have come through the academy – and it’s brilliant watching them contributing to the team every game.

“There are senior guys in the team who they can lean on in terms of experience, but they’re doing a great job in the team.”