Routledge confident of bright future for Swans

29th January 2019
First team

Wayne Routledge has been around football long enough to know quality when he sees it, and the experienced winger believes the young talent in the Swansea City dressing room points to a bright future for the club.

The 34-year-old has been in fine form for the Swans since being recalled to Graham Potter's starting line-up at the start of December, although he is currently sidelined with a calf strain.

He is in his eighth season as a Swansea player, and only Nathan Dyer has been on the first-team books for longer among the current squad.

Routledge has seen the likes of Joe Rodon and Connor Roberts emerge from the club's academy and perform with aplomb over the last 12 months.

And, as the Swans look to keep developing under Potter, Routledge - a man with three promotions under his belt already - believes the quality he sees every day bodes well for the club's future, and admits he would love to be part of helping Swansea get back to the Premier League.

“I can see them coming,” he tells tonight’s Jack Magazine of the Swans young guns.

“It takes time and it’s a process. It’s a transitional period for the club with a lot of younger players coming through.

“It takes a lot to become a professional footballer and a lot more in such a short period of time.

“Things don’t go from A to Z straightaway, but things are certainly starting to take shape.

“I’d love to say that there is another promotion in me and I would love it even more if it was here.

“We’ll wait and see but we have to treat every game as a final and try to get as many points as we can.”

You can read the full interview with Wayne Routledge in this evening’s Jack Magazine.

The winger also reflects on working alongside Birmingham boss Garry Monk, who returns to the Liberty this evening, and explains what reaching 250 appearances for the club would mean to him as he closes in on the milestone, as well as revealing why he has plenty to be excited about off the field too.

Elsewhere, we hear from manager Graham Potter and skipper Leroy Fer, while Declan John and Bersant Celina reflect on Saturday’s victory over Gillingham in the FA Cup fourth round.

Cameron Carter-Vickers picks out the five best players he has shared a pitch with in our dream feature, and Mike van der Hoorn revisits notable firsts in his lifetime – including his first car and the first football match he went to.

Erwin Mulder reveals 10 facts that you may not already know about him, while Kyle Naughton states his preferences in our quickfire feature.

We also sit down with two of our stars of the future – Jack Withers and Jayden Reid – as well as former Swan Peter Bodak.

And there is plenty more in tonight’s Jack Magazine, including all the latest from the academy and ladies’ team, plus everything you need to know about our opponents, Birmingham.

Our 15th Jack Magazine of the 2018-19 Championship season is available for just £3 from around the Liberty and the club shop.

Jack Magazine really is a must-have for any Swans fans, so don’t miss out!