"The perfect end to a terrific season."

16th May 2017

Gary Richards and Cameron Toshack applauded the achievements of Swansea City’s Under-23s as they lifted the Premier League Cup to complete an historic league and cup double on Monday.

Two goals from midfielder Adam King helped the class of 2016-17 beat Reading 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium following their Premier League 2 Division 2 title triumph in March. 

And Richards, who helped secure an incredible 31 victories in all competitions this season, admits the young Swans deserve their success.

“That was the icing on the cake and the perfect end to a terrific season,” said Richards.

“We fell short in the Checkatrade Trophy and International Cup, so it was great to go all the way and lift this cup in front of our home supporters.

“The victory is credit to all the players and staff. Everyone has delivered and our success has come from hard work.

“The players fully deserve their celebrations. Next season brings a fantastic opportunity to play against some of the best academy sides in the world.”

Toshack hailed the U23s’ resilience and determination as they met their target set in pre-season of winning a league and cup double.

And he believes set-backs in the Checkatrade Trophy and International Cup fuelled their determination to succeed.

“The set-backs have hardened us and made us more resilient,” he said.

“Their attitude has been very impressive. As a team they have stayed driven and determined to deliver their target of winning the double.

“It is pleasing to see how much they have developed over the past year. The sky is the limit for these players. 

“They are all capable of having great careers in professional football, we hope some can progress through to our first team.

“Next season will be a big task, but first we must reflect on a job well done. All the players and staff should be very proud of what they have achieved.”