Mike: Play-offs our aim

29th December 2018
First team

As the turn of the year arrives, Mike van der Hoorn believes Swansea City can still target a place in the Championship play-offs come the end of the season.

Following back-to-back defeats against Hull City and Aston Villa, Graham Potter’s side sit 13th in the Championship table with 32 points – seven adrift of the top six – from their opening 24 games.

After a summer of change at the Liberty – both in terms of the playing and coaching staff – Van der Hoorn believes a true reflection of Swansea City’s progress will become evident during the second half of the season.

And the defender is confident the squad have the ability to be aiming high in 2019.

“We were one of the teams in the Championship that made the most changes from last year,” he tells this afternoon’s Jack Magazine.

“Therefore, there’s been a lot of focus on development and learning a new way of life. 

“Now that the players have more games in their legs, I think we will start to see our improvement during the second half of the season.

“We want to try to achieve something by the end. Getting into the play-offs is our aim and we are really going to push towards achieving that.”

You can read the full interview with Mike van der Hoorn in today’s Jack Magazine.

The defender also talks about his motivational tattoo, his connection with flowers and reflects on his best memories of New Year’s Eve.

Elsewhere, we hear from manager Graham Potter and skipper Leroy Fer, with the latter revealing 10 facts that you may not already know about him.

Erwin Mulder picks the five best players he has shared a pitch with in our dream team feature and Cameron Carter-Vickers revisits memorable firsts in his life – both on and off the pitch – while Declan John states his personal preferences in our quickfire feature.

We also sat down with young guns Tyler Reid and Luke Motruk, as well as ex-Swans favourite Jason Scotland.

And that's not all there is in this afternoon’s Jack Magazine, you can also get the latest from the academy and ladies’ team, plus everything you need to know about Paul Cook’s Wigan.

Our 13th Jack Magazine of the 2018-19 Championship season is available for just £3 from around the Liberty and the club shop.

Jack Magazine really is a must-have for any Swans fan, so don’t miss out!