Swansea City’s defender Martin Olsson has publicly expressed his delight in seeing his gamble to join the Welsh side pay off – the Swedish international joined the Swans from Championship side Norwich City in last January’s transfer window, despite Paul Clement’s side being in the relegation zone at the time.
Speaking to swanseacity.net, the left-back discussed the risk he took in joining the side, and expressed his delight in the move being a success:
“Coming to Swansea has paid off. I knew it was a risk coming here but I thought when i joined that Swansea had the quality to be higher up the table. I knew Swansea were a club known for playing good football and I had high hopes that we would stay up. Now we have done that”.
Great end to the season – special thanks to the fans. You guys have been amazing and were behind us even when it was needed the most. pic.twitter.com/FIBWtZDB6V
— martin olsson (@martinolsson3) May 22, 2017
The 29-year-old Swede was a key player in the Swans’ dramatic escape from relegation to the Championship; surviving the drop by seven points. The combative defender is no stranger to the English Premier League, having also previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City in the competition. Olsson has represented his country on 40 occasions, and secured a place in Sweden’s Euro 2012 squad.
Turning his attention to next season’s action, Olsson said:
“This is a good team to be part of. Our aim now is to finish higher up the table next season. We aim for more next season. We have the ambition to be better.
“When you look at our form since January, we would be a lot higher in the table if the season had started then.