Swansea City Under-23s Tyler Reid
31st July 2016
Tyler Reid believes his experience at Arsenal and Manchester United's Academy's will benefit his "new challenge" with Swansea City's development squad this season.
The 18-year-old arrived in SA1 a fortnight ago, with the defender signing a three-year deal with the Swans.
The powerful right-back, currently with the Under-23s' squad on a tour of Scotland, featured in the pre-season wins over Scottish Championship sides Morton and Falkirk this week.
And Reid - who played 90 minutes in both friendlies - admits he is enjoying his start to life in Wales and hopes to develop his game further with the Swans this season.
"I am excited for the new challenge with the Swans." He said. "It has been great to link up with the squad over the past two weeks. All the team and staff have been very welcoming.
"The players have introduced me to Swansea and taken me around town. Seeing the stadium for the first time when I signed was amazing.
"Our pre-season tour of Scotland has been a great experience. The time together has helped the group gel together, allowing new players like myself, George (Byers) and Tom (Plezier) to get to know everyone before we head into the start of the season.
"We have earned some good results. Our first game against Morton we showed good character to get the win, the second game against Falkirk was tougher but I think we played event better.
"Arsenal, Manchester United and Swansea all play a similar fast possession based style, which suits my playing style allowing me to get forward to attack down the flanks.
"You learn different things at different clubs. I hope to take what I learned at Arsenal and United, bring it to my games this season and learn even more during my time here.
"I have already learned different things from Gary (Richards) and Cam (Toshack) in the last two weeks that I had not been taught before which I am looking forward to taking into the new season.
"My aim is to start every game I can be fit for, to play the best I can for the club and continue to develop going forward. It's a challenge I am looking forward too.
"We have an exciting season ahead, it will be a good experience not only to play in the U23s league but also against foreign and senior teams in the International Cup and EFL Trophy. I am really excited to get started."
Swansea City Under-23s end their pre-season tour of Scotland with a friendly against Hamilton U20s at New Douglas Park this afternoon (1pm). Updates on twitter via @swansofficial.