Swansea City Under-23s Morton Alex Samuel
26th July 2016
Young Swans striker Alex Samuel aims to get back on the scoresheet tonight when he returns to Cappielow Park as the Under-23s take on Greenock Morton in a pre-season friendly.
The 20-year-old spent the majority of last season on loan at the Scottish Championship side, making 30 appearances and netting four goals.
The Neath-born attacker, who helped the Swans development side lift the Development League Two title in 2014-15, believes his nine-month spell north of the border has helped him improve his football.
"My time at Morton last season was a great experience for me and definitely helped me develop as a player," Samuel said.
"It was hard being so far away from home at times, but looking back I can take away a lot of good memories and experiences.
"You play every week against strong full-time professional players which means you have to learn and adapt quickly.
"I feel the loan has made me a better player. The higher standard you play, the better you become."
Samuel hit the ground running at Cappielow Park in September last year scoring a brace to help Morton to a 3-2 extra-time win over Premiership side Motherwell in the League Cup.
The Wales Under-19 international also featured in front of 45,000 people as the Scottish side held Rangers to a 2-2 draw at Ibrox.
"Having the chance to feature in front of such a big crowd was an amazing experience." Samuel continued.
"The highlight of my time at Morton has to be that League Cup night. It was an unbelievable night to score two goals; I will always remember it for the rest of my career.
"I got man of the match and still proudly keep the bottle of prosecco I was presented with after the game.
"I can't thank Morton enough for the opportunity and giving me that experience. It will be weird seeing manager Jim Duffy and my old team-mates again, but it will be a nice occasion and I am looking forward to it.
"The club will always be in my heart, but I would love to net a goal or two to get my season up and running. I love scoring, so I want to do it against whatever team I come up against - tonight will be no different.
"My objective is to play for the first team, I will always keep pushing for that. This season I aim to get my head down and work hard for the development squad to score goals."