'My proudest moment'

29th March 2018
First team

Connor Roberts has spoken of his pride having returned to Swansea City after making his Wales debut.

The full-back landed his first senior cap when he replaced Declan John in the 59th minute of the China Cup final against Uruguay on Monday. 

Roberts only made his Swans debut in January having come through the club's youth ranks.

And the 22-year-old says stepping on to the field to represent Ryan Giggs’s Wales side was an unforgettable moment.

“It was surreal,” he said. “There wasn’t much else going through my mind other than to enjoy the experience. 

“It was a very proud moment when I was waiting to come on and I was surrounded by world-class players in the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

“It’s the proudest moment of my life so far. It’s good to represent your country at any level, but to do it for the first team was unbelievable.”

“I’ve been with the Swans since a young age, so coming through the ranks and eventually representing Wales while playing for the club is amazing.”

Roberts admitted to feeling a little star-struck when he trained alongside the likes of Gareth Bale for the first time, but says he soon found his feet.

And having got a taste of senior international football, the defender is hungry for more Wales appearances.

“I know nothing’s achieved yet,” he added. “I’ve got to keep on working hard and, when I get given more opportunities to play, I’ve got to do myself justice.

“Hopefully, I can continue to represent both the Swans and Wales for many years to come.”