Matt Grimes believes break has benefited Swansea City

9th September 2021
First team
Bristol City away Matt Grimes

Captain Matt Grimes is confident the luxury of some extended time on the training field will pay dividends for Swansea City as the international break comes to an end.

The Swans will return to Championship action as they host Hull City at the Stadium, looking to bounce back from defeat at Preston.

This period has provided head coach Russell Martin and his coaching staff with the first prolonged chance to get down to work with the squad, having been appointed less than a week before the opening game of the season at Blackburn.

Seven games in just 21 days followed, but with the transfer window now shut, and minimal disruption through international call-ups, midfielder Grimes hopes the Swans can hit the ground running against the Tigers.

“This break really gave us a good opportunity to get a lot of good work and preparation done,” he said.


“It is a really useful time for us because it gave the gaffer a chance to really get his methods and instructions across.

“Since his appointment, we only had a couple of days before the first game, and it’s been two-game weeks since then, which means he hasn’t really had the chance to properly implement his style on the team just yet because there hasn’t been enough time in between.

“I think the fact that everyone understands that it will take patience and time for everything to click is important. You don’t often hear about that in football, but here at Swansea, we have fans, players, coaches and staff who understand that aspect.

“The last week has been great for us, and the squad are taking those messages on board and hopefully you can start to see that in games, starting this weekend.”