Leroy Fer is confident there are brighter times ahead for Swansea City as they plot a Premier League promotion push.
The Swans are getting set for their first Championship season since 2010-11 following relegation from the top flight.
And Fer, who has played second-tier football in the past, reckons Graham Potter’s men can look forward to a more positive campaign.
“I hope this season will be better and I think it will be,” the midfielder said.
“We have a strong team. Of course at this time of year you do not know what will happen with some players because the transfer window is open.
“But I think we have a strong team here and now we have to show what we can do.”
Fer will miss the start of 2018-19 as a result of the ruptured Achilles he suffered at Leicester back in February.
He was left watching helplessly from the stands as a late-season dip in form saw Carlos Carvalhal’s Swans drop out of the top flight.
But as he eyes a possible playing comeback in September, Fer is in upbeat mood.
“It was very frustrating last season of course,” he added.
“We started the second half of the season well and we were getting results, but in the last 10 games sometimes we didn’t play to our level or we were unlucky.
“It was very disappointing of course, but it’s a new season and now we have to look forward.
“We want to play in the top league so we have to be strong together and try to get back up.”