No pain no gain, declares Dyer
5th July 2013
Nathan Dyer is ready to push himself through the pain barrier in order to explode into the new season firing on all cylinders.
Dyer and the rest of his teammates are enduring gruelling double training sessions, morning and afternoon, during their 10-day training camp in Holland.
But while the winger admits to finding the early going tough, he is relishing the challenge facing the Swans on both the domestic and European stage.
"I'm tired, stiff and my little legs are aching,'' quipped Dyer. "It's tough going getting back into it and my body is feeling it. But we all know that we've got to go through the pain to feel the gain and get the best out of ourselves.
"We all try and tick over during the summer break, but it's still hard going when you are put through your paces during pre-season training.''
Dyer could be forgiven for taking extra chill time than the rest of the squad during the break though. For the 26-year-old tied the knot with his long-standing partner Laura.
The pair, who have been together for six years, got married in Southampton a few weeks ago, although he was quite happy it didn't receive as much media attention as Ki Sung-Yueng's recent celebrity wedding to famous actress Han Hye-jin in South Korea.
After the wedding, which was attended by teammates Ashley Williams, Jazz Richards and Luke Moore, plus ex-Swan Joe Allen, it was off on honeymoon to Jamaica - but only after a week in Disney World, even though they haven't got any kids!
"We did all the adult things in Disney World,'' joked Dyer. "We visited Universal Studios, Planet Hollywood, SeaWorld and the Epcot Centre, although I must admit we also took a stroll into the Magic Kingdom.''
And it was during the traditional Disney parade that Dyer became something of a hero to one set of panicking parents.
"A young child, about three years old, went missing during the parade,'' explained Dyer. "I saw his father panicking and shouting his name in vain. He explained that he had lost his son, so I went off on a mission to find him.
"I found him about 10 minutes later wandering down one of the side streets, oblivious to the panic he was causing. To say his father was a relieved man when I took him back would be an understatement.''
Although the relieved dad was unaware that a Premier League footballer had just come to his rescue, one surprised fan in a Swans shirt had to do a double take when Dyer strolled down the avenue alongside Mickey Mouse!
"It was strange talking to a Swans fan in Disneyworld,'' laughed Dyer.
At least the second leg of his Honeymoon in Jamaica was a bit more relaxing, although he admits he couldn't wait for the new season to start again.
"It was nice to have a break,'' he added. "But most footballers can't wait to play again and it was nice to see the football come out in training again this week.
"We all know it's going to be a tough season ahead, especially if we progress through to the group stages of the Europa League.
"But we've added some good players to the squad, with possibly one or two more to come. It's good to see because competition is key.''