Swansea-born defender Keston Davies has risen through the academy ranks and first featured for the under-23s at the age of just 15.
Keston captained the Under-19 side to two FAW Youth Cup titles and was a key part of the under-23s' double-winning campaign of 2016-17, playing 39 games across four competitions.
He spent time on loan with Yeovil Town the following campaign, making five appearances, before linking up with Notts County early in the 2018-19 season. He returned to Swansea in January 2019.
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The central defender, who grew up watching the Swans at the Vetch Field, has been with the club’s academy since the age of eight and is quickly making a name for himself after some impressive performances for the Under-23s.
“I have to pinch myself sometimes at just how much has changed in the last ten years and what I have done during that time,” he said.
“It all seems a dream. It feels just like yesterday that I was down the Vetch or Liberty Stadium watching Lee Trundle, and now I have the opportunity to play on the same pitch for the 23s.”
After a successful few seasons with the foundation phase of academy football - from aged eight to 11 - Davies was handed the opportunity of a fresh challenge with Fulham’s academy.
The move would mean the young defender would have to say goodbye to Swansea life.
“I was 12 when I left the Swans,” he said. “I had an offer to join a new club in London, which was a fantastic opportunity for me at the time.
“A move like that at such a young age was a fantastic experience, but it did make me homesick.
“Playing so far away from home did help me mature and grow up much faster. I used to have to get the train to London and back on my own when I was 14, not having a clue what I was doing.
“The experience, though, did mean I got a taste of Category One football at a much earlier age, which was hugely beneficial towards my development. We played teams like Arsenal and Chelsea on a regular basis.”
Despite enjoying the challenge of being at a new club, Davies’ heart was never far from Swansea.
At the age of 15, he said goodbye to his life in London to head back to SA1 and was soon awarded a scholarship to play with the Swans Under-18s.
A first professional contract soon followed after some impressive displays.