Steven Benda sees bright future ahead at Swansea City after signing new contract
Steven Benda is looking forward to more progression and performances at Swansea City after the goalkeeper signed a new contract at the Liberty.
Benda has penned a new two-year extention in SA1 which sees him remain with the Swans until the summer of 2024.
It comes as a timely boost for the young German stopper, who ruptured his ankle ligaments last week during a training session.
Benda, who made his Swans debut in the league win over Millwall in October, had been set to feature in the FA Cup win over Stevenage last weekend prior to his injury.
But the new contract has given him a big lift during his injury setback, and the 22-year-old is looking forward to spending the next three years with the Swans.
“I’m very happy. It’s great to know that I’m here for the longer term. From the minute I came here, everyone has had faith in me,” said Benda, who joined the Swans from 1860 Munich in 2017.
“It’s great for me mentally to have some positive news and know the club has a lot of faith in me.
“It was really unfortunate to suffer the injury in training, but I had surgery in London on Monday and I’m looking forward now and concentrating on my recovery.
“I can’t wait to be back training with the squad and pushing for a place in the team again.”
Since returning from a successful loan spell with Swindon Town last season, which saw the Robins win League Two, Benda has provided loan keeper Freddie Woodman with competition for the number one spot.
That competition, along with learning under the tutelage of goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson, has helped Benda improve his game.
“Since I’ve come here I’ve progressed every year and the club has helped me a lot,” added the keeper.
“From the moment I came back from my loan at Swindon, I’ve worked really hard with Marge. The experience Marge has training with the England goalkeepers - and Wales before that – is fantastic and I learn so much from him and his methods.
“I am not playing a lot, but I am pushing very hard. Freddie is a really good keeper and we are learning all the time.
“I made my debut against Milwall earlier in the season and it was amazing. I want to play more and progress, and hopefully when I’m fit again I can play in front of the fans.
“So it’s a great place for me to be. With the future, I think the club has faith in me and that’s what I need.”