Shephard's delight after return to action
25th August 2015
Liam Shephard savoured his first game for three months after returning from injury to help Swans Under-21s beat Stoke at Landore on Monday night.
The right-back has been recovering from a broken metatarsal sustained in May during a successful loan spell with Yeovil last season, and his return to action was a success after he managed an hour of game-time against the Potters.
The 20-year-old, who was named Yeovil's young player of the year last season following a four-month loan, was delighted to be involved again as the young Swans claimed their second victory in the U21s Premier League Division Two.
"It was great to get back out there," he said. "My injury meant it was a long and frustrating summer for me.
"Last season I featured on the bench a couple of times for the first team and that gave me the confidence to push on and try to become more involved in the manager's plans.
"But the injury forced me to take a step back. That's the way football is at times, but I am back and ready to go again."
A brace from Oliver McBurnie was enough to seal victory for Swans U21s at Landore, with the striker and Ryan Hedges both seeing chances cleared off the line.
And Shephard believes the young Swans are already showing signs of maturity in the division.
"I thought it was a brilliant win for the team," he added. "We played really well, kept the ball and hit them hard on the counter attack.
"We look strong at this level - our performance was mature and we have experienced players in the team.
"Hopefully we can look to push on and challenge more teams in the league this season."
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