Naughton's looking forward to life at the Liberty
22nd January 2015
New recruit Kyle Naughton can't wait to pull on the white shirt of Swansea City and go in search of regular football.
Naughton, 26, made the move from Tottenham Hotspur today (Thursday) on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
Speaking for the first time since his move, the former England Under-21 full-back said: "I'm pleased it's all done because there has been talk since the summer over a potential move.
"My main aim is to start playing regular football again. I know it's going to be a tough challenge because there are some very good players here, but that's my goal.
"I've had quite a few loan moves over my career, but I actually played 34 games last season for Spurs, which is a fair amount. The main problem for me, however, was that I was still in and out of the team. That's difficult at times.
"I'm sad to be leaving Spurs because it's a great club. I was there quite a while and the lads are a great bunch. But now I just want to settle into life at Swansea and try to play regularly. It all comes down to playing football - after all, that's my job.''
Naughton, who classes himself as a right-back who can also cover on the left, admitted he spoke to former Swans stars Ben Davies and Michel Vorm at White Hart Lane before making the switch, more for reassurance than anything else.
"I spoke to them both quite a bit,'' he added. "Ben had obviously been at the club the longest and he said it was a great place to play your football. He also said I could use his flat in Swansea, which was nice, but he didn't mention the rent!'' he joked.
"He said it was a good club with a family-feel to it. To be honest, as soon as I walked into the training ground this morning I could see that for myself straight away.
"I had a really warm welcome. The fact that there were a few faces I knew like Gylfi (Sigurdsson), Tom (Carroll), Nathan (Dyer) and Kyle (Bartley) helped a lot.''
Naughton will train fully with the squad in the morning and is eligible for Saturday's FA Cup tie at Blackburn, while he can't wait to get his first taste of the Liberty in the colours of his new club.
"I've played at the Liberty a few times,'' added Naughton. "There's always been a good atmosphere and the fans seem great.
"I can't wait.''
He will wear the number 26 shirt.