Russell Martin excited to face hometown club in Carabao Cup tie

26th August
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Russell Martin is looking forward to the chance to face his boyhood club after Swansea City were drawn away to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Carabao Cup.

The Swans will head to the Amex Stadium in the week commencing September 20 for the third-round tie, having advanced courtesy of a 4-1 win over Plymouth on Tuesday night.

The tie will also pit Swansea against former boss Graham Potter, who is now in charge of the Seagulls, and was among the people Martin spoke to before making the move to become head coach in SA1 earlier this month.

While synonymous with Norwich for his achievements there, Martin was born and raised in Brighton and was part of their youth set-up, and was based there prior to heading to South Wales.

“I spoke to Graham before I came here and obviously Brighton is my hometown club,” he said.

“My family is still there at the minute, they are coming to Swansea next week to live here which will be brilliant.

“It should be a great game, I am sure I will have a lot of family and friends there, and I am looking forward to it.

“I used to go to the Goldstone Ground as a boy to support Brighton, so it is a good draw for me.

“I am sure Graham will look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces that he worked with in his time here.

“I am sure we will take a good following to the game as well, so I’ve no doubt it will be a good game and a good atmosphere.”