Swansea City Under-23s Scotland tour Cameron Toshack
31st July 2016
Cameron Toshack hailed the achievements of the Swansea City development squad on their pre-season tour of Scotland this week.
Swansea's Under-23s side ended their trip unbeaten as they beat Scottish Championship sides Morton and Falkirk before a 1-1 draw against Premiership side Hamilton's Under-20s.
They now travel back to SA1 to continue their preparations for the start of the season in the newly-rebranded Premier League Two which sees the Swans kick off against West Brom on August 15.
And Toshack, who begins his second season coaching the development squad alongside Gary Richards, insists the pre-season trip has been a crucial part of the squad's preparation for a tough season that includes the EFL Trophy and International Cup.
"I am pleased with what we have achieved this week," he said. "We have had three competitive games against good opposition. The way we played and the way we have approached the games has been very pleasing.
"Our trip to Scotland has been a really good first hurdle with more challenges ahead.
"We needed this test to see how good the team are because we are under no illusions that this year will be a real challenge as we play against league opposition in the EFL Trophy and against foreign youngsters in the International Cup.
"A trip like this tests people both mentally and physically. It has been a good environment for all players and staff to get to know each other and for the group to get together, which is a huge positive.
"Overall, I think we have produced some good performances this week. Our games against Falkirk and Morton were tests our players have not had until now.
"You could see Hamilton wanted to prove themselves against a Premier League side - it was not our best performance of the week. They gave us a battle and made it difficult for us.
"It has been a tough week for everyone with three games in quick succession, but we have more positives to take from the week than negatives.
"We still have work to do before the start of the season. There is always more to come and Gary and I will continue to push this group for better performances, but we are looking forward to the start of the season.
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