Meade: Best is yet to come

14th November 2013

Jernade Meade believes the best of him is yet to come as he looks to recapture the form that saw him win call-ups to the Arsenal first-team last season.


Since signing for Swansea City from the Gunners in the summer, the 21-year-old left back has featured regularly for Kristian O'Leary's Under-21s.


And following a difficult start to the season, the young Swans have put together a string of encouraging performances that has seen them unbeaten in five games.


"From our first win, we have grown in confidence," said Meade. "We've been having double sessions, and I think the team is starting get used to each other now.


"I believe we can still improve. We start games positively, but we sometimes slow down in the second-half.


"We need to make sure we are playing at 100% for the whole game.


"The team got off to a bad start to the season, but we are gradually getting better, and we will continue that improvement game-by-game."


From a personal perspective, Meade is hoping that he can build on his promising display against Ipswich Town, last Monday afternoon, where the Swans drew 2-2 with the Blues at Stebonheath Park.


"I want to improve my game," said Meade. "To be honest, I don't think I've had the best start to the season.


"The last game against Ipswich was the best game I've had so far, but I know I can play much better.


"I played twice for Arsenal's first-team - first in the League Cup in the 7-5 win against Reading and then second in the Champions League game against Olympiakos.


"It was a great experience for me, and I need to get back to that level because I know how much better I can be.


"The aim is to have those sort of experiences with the Swansea first-team."


Meade and the U21s are next in action against Watford in the third-round of the Premier League Cup on November 26.


After beating Millwall 4-2 on penalties in the previous round, Meade hopes that they will be able to extend their cup run, insisting they need to go into the fixture full of belief.


He added: "Hopefully we can get a good result against Watford and progress to the next round of the tournament.


"I think we have a great chance because we have good players in our team.


"We just need to be confident when we get out on the pitch."