Swansea City Under-21s left-back Stephen Kinsgley relishing season ahead
6th August 2015
Swansea City youngster Stephen Kingsley believes last season's spell in League One will serve him well for the new campaign.
The left-back made 12 appearances for Yeovil last season, joining Swans team-mates Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan during their temporary moves to Huish Park.
The 21-year-old, who played over 100 games for Falkirk prior to his switch to the Swans last year, put in some impressive performances despite Yeovil's relegation to the fourth tier.
And with the Swans Under-21s set to compete in category one fixtures this season against the likes of Arsenal, Stoke and Newcastle, Kingsley believes the senior experience he gained last term will help him cope with a testing campaign.
"Going on loan to Yeovil with the likes of Josh (Sheehan) and Liam (Shepherd) was great for me and helped me get first team experience last season," said the Scottish defender.
"I think this season is going to be a challenging one for us. We are going to need to progress and stick together in order to do well, but we are looking forward to the season."
Kingsley, who played for the full 90 minutes in the Swans U21s' 3-2 defeat at Yeovil on Tuesday night, spent most of this pre-season training with the first-team squad under Garry Monk.
He travelled to Germany for a two-game tour which saw him feature in defence against Borussia Monchengladbach and 1860 Munich before being involved against Reading.
"Pre-season has been good for me," Kingsley continued. "I really enjoyed going away again with the first team to Germany to get that experience and game time. Hopefully that can stand me in good stead for this season. My goal is to play for the first team, whether that is now or in a few months."
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