Swansea City loanee Steven Caulker is hoping to make a positive impact in Wales after securing a year-long move to the Liberty Stadium.
The Tottenham Hotspur defender met his new teammates yesterday during the club's first pre-season training session, and the teenager has taken an instant shine to his newest colleagues.
Competition for places is sure to be fierce at the Barclays Premier League new boys, but the opportunity to play regular football in the top flight was one the 19-year-old could not turn down.
"I am delighted to be at Swansea. When I was looking to move out on loan there were two things I was looking for. The first was spending time at a Premier League club, because I want to get top flight experience. The second was being at a club that plays the right way, Caulker told the official Swans website.
"So Swansea tick both boxes - this move is ideal for me. I am confident in my ability and the gaffer has shown me the same belief. That can only help you improve as a player. I have a year-long loan here and I want to play as much as I can.
"That won't be easy because we have Garry Monk, Ashley Williams and Alan Tate all pushing for two positions. I'll have to bust a gut to get into the team, but that's so good for the club. To have quality players like that pushing each other every week can only mean good news for the manager.
After spending last season on loan at Bristol City, Caulker was well aware of Swansea's attacking brand of football, and admits he became an instant admirer of the way Brendan Rodgers and his side play the game.
With reports at the time suggesting a move for the England U21 international could materialise to the Swans, Caulker quickly became a fan of the play-off winners, and was delighted to see them reach the Promised Land on both a personal and professional level.
"At the time of the play-offs, I had heard some rumours linking me with Swansea. So I watched the play-off games against Nottingham Forest and I was very impressed, particularly as they were down to 10 men so early in the first leg," the youngster continued.
"And the final against Reading was mad. I was on the edge of my seat rooting for the Swans, and I've got to admit that I was soaking with sweat by the end of it. It was a hectic game. I can't imagine what it must have been like for the guys and the fans in particular."
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