Tucker delighted to be back on familiar ground

29th June 2018
First team

Adrian Tucker admits his return to Swansea City as goalkeeping coach was a "no-brainer".

Tucker was today confirmed as the latest addition to Graham Potter’s backroom team, with the 41-year-old joining assistant manager Billy Reid, assistant coaches Alan Curtis and Bjorn Hamberg and head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay at the Liberty.

Tucker spent five years at the Swans between 2009-14 - earning promotion to the Premier League and lifting the Capital One Cup along the way - before joining Sunderland, with whom he helped develop current England No.1 Jordan Pickford.

And having left the North-East club this summer, Tucker is back in SA1 as he fills the vacancy left by Tony Roberts, who has joined up with Chris Coleman at Chinese club Hebei China Fortune.

“I’m really excited to be back. Once I had a conversation with the manager, it was a no-brainer,” said Tucker.

“It was a good, positive conversation that we had. Hopefully we can enjoy a good working relationship and make sure we do what we can to have success on the field throughout the season.

“The changes around the club since I was here are immense. The training facility at Fairwood is fantastic. All the pitches have been upgraded.

“It’s a place where you’re going to enjoy coming into work every morning.

“There’s certainly a buzz around the place to put things right and get back into the Premier League as soon as possible.”

The Swans squad meet up on Monday as the pre-season schedule kicks off, though Tucker will be without keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt as he is currently on World Cup duty with Sweden.

But Tucker can’t wait to get started as the Swans gear up for their Championship campaign under former Ostersund boss Potter.

“It’s an exciting time. I’m looking forward to working with the goalkeepers. Hopefully, we can create a positive department which will support our first team," he added.

“Pre-season is an important time and over the next few weeks we will work very hard to ensure we are ready for the season.”