Monk's bursting with pride
26th May 2013
Proud captain Garry Monk has saluted the most successful season in Swansea City's history, then warned: "We have to continue improving."
The Swans will embark on a European tour next season thanks to their Capital One Cup success - the first major trophy won by the club.
That, on top of a ninth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League, have completed what is arguably the Swans' finest campaign in its 100-year history.
Monk, who lifted the Capital One Cup trophy at Wembley along with Ashley Williams, admits it has been a season which could not have gone any better.
"A top-ten finish and a first major trophy have made it the most successful season in the history of Swansea City," said Monk, who made 15 appearances under Michael Laudrup throughout the campaign.
"The clubs that finished above us are the teams that our fans used to watch regularly on Match of the Day.
"Now it is us that are competing with them on a weekly basis. With the way it's played and the quality of players and teams, it is the best league in the world.
"To go to Wembley and lift the League Cup was an amazing feeling too. It was a huge honour and privilege to do that.
"As a club we have a lot to be proud of - that's the players, the staff and the fans. "
Next season the Swans' fixture list will also include the Europa League.
With those extra commitments added to involvement in the Premier League, FA Cup and the defence of the Capital One Cup, Monk expects the 2013-14 to be an even tougher campaign.
"You do have to pinch yourself sometimes when you look back at how well we have done because it is a massive achievement, but the important thing is to keep pushing ourselves on," added the Swans skipper.
"We have to continue improving. We have Europe on the agenda now, so we all have to work harder next season to ensure we maintain our progress."
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