Sheehan's keen to impress
2nd August 2014
Josh Sheehan is aiming to make the most of his big opportunity in the Swans' first-team squad.
The 19-year-old has been involved in the club's pre-season preparations this summer, featuring in both of the Swans' fixtures in America.
Garry Monk has also handed the midfielder game-time in the fixtures against Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Bournemouth, with Sheehan finding the net against Exeter during a 2-0 win.
And Sheehan, who has been with the Swans for the last nine years, hopes his early promise will eventually lead to a first-team appearance.
"It has been beyond my wildest dreams to be involved with the first team - you learn so much from the rest of the boys and the manager, who is pushing you every day," said Sheehan, who hails from Pembrey.
"I need to keep going and push on. I trained a bit towards the end of last season, and it is a big step, but I feel like I am coping well.
"I want to be in and around the squad and hopefully get some game-time with the first team.
"Garry is willing to give minutes to the younger guys, like with Jay Fulton last season.
"Garry is helping me through. I have been here since the Under-10s and I have come up through the ages.
"Hopefully I can impress. It shows there is a path for young players and hopefully I am proving I deserve a chance and have the ability to do it."
Having taken the advice from his manager, Sheehan is also benefiting from the experience around him on the pitch.
"I speak to Leon Britton and Jonjo Shelvey a lot," he added. "They have so much experience and I talk to them positioning-wise and what to do.
"Hopefully their advice, and training and playing alongside them, can help me become a better player."