Swansea City Under-18s Causso Darame

9th August

Eric Ramsay believes Swansea City Under-18s have the ability to pick up where they left off last season as they prepare for their 2016-17 Premier League South opener at Norwich on Friday (1.30pm).

The young Swans took seven points out of nine against the Canaries last season before ending their campaign with a seven-game unbeaten run to top the tier 3 merit group.

Pre-season performances have seen the scholars record a mix of results including victories and draws against Austrian side SC Wiener Neustadt, Hull, West Brom and Derby before defeats to Manchester City and Exeter.

Despite that, U18s coach Ramsay is relishing the start to their second season in Category One football.

"We produced two of our better performances against Norwich last season so we can go into our first game with confidence," Ramsay said. "Our aim is to pick up and continue the good run of form from last season.

"Despite defeats against Exeter and Manchester City in pre-season, myself and Chris (Llewellyn) are pleased with how the team have progressed over the last few weeks.

"We feel like we have got a lot of good work done. The squad is looking strong and we have high hopes about what we can achieve.

"On our day, I feel we can be a good match for anyone in the league. Our aim this season will be to keep developing players that are capable of playing for our Under-23s and beyond. In the league we need to be aiming to better what we achieved last season.

"We have a bigger squad to select from this season and everyone is competing for a place in the starting XI for this Friday's opening fixture away at Norwich."