Joe Lewis has extended his stay with Swansea City by signing a new contract.
The 19-year-old defender put pen to paper on a new two-year deal that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until June 2021.
The academy product from Neath – who joined the Swans aged six – has so far featured 17 times for the under-23s this campaign and believes his new deal will drive him to deliver more with the club he loves.
“It was a big surprise and a relief to get a new deal,” the teenager admitted.
“I feel like I am having a really good year. I came into the season wanting to play as many games as possible.
“I have probably played more than I was expecting which has been really good for me.
“I feel like I have learnt a lot playing against lots of different opposition and I feel I am definitely a better player for it.
“My aim is to be in the mind of the coaches when picking the team. I want to be playing all the time to improve myself but also continue to help the team move forward.”
Lewis scored to help Swansea City’s under-19s retain the FAW Youth Cup against Cardiff at the Liberty Stadium at the end of last season.
And the 19-year-old admits he would love the chance to play first team football for the Swans at the Liberty in the near future.
“It would mean everything to one day walk out onto the pitch as a first team player with Swansea City.” He said.
“I have been craving to play for them since I was five or six. That is always what drives me forward.
“It has been an amazing experience to grow up with the academy. It has been nice to progress alongside the progress it to had been making with the likes of Cameron Berry and Ben Cabango.
“We all hope that one day we will be playing alongside each other in the first-team.”