Date:Tuesday July 22 2008
Over the last two seasons it has been a roller-coaster for Swansea's Welsh midfielder Owain Tudur Jones.
From the despair of facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines to lifting the league one trophy at Brighton on the last day of the season , the fortunes Tudur Jones could not be more polar. Suffering a knee injury back in 2006 the former Bangor City player travelled with Swans physio Richie Evans to the world renowned Steadman Hawkins clinic to rectify his injury. After going under the knife Jones faced a lengthy rehabilitation period and did not kick a ball in anger until the 5-1 loss to Bristol Rovers in the reserves on the 13th February.
Just over a month later the midfielder made his full Welsh international début against Luxembourg and notched up 8 league appearances last term. Jones may find it difficult to secure a place next season with the capture of Jordi Gomez , Mark Gower and the possible arrival of another midfielder to the club. What is clear is that Jones will not be afraid to put in the tackles and believes that they have the best possible chance to shine in the championship.
Jones Told The WM:
|Jones on his pre season:|
"It feels good to actually be taking part in a full pre-season this time.Everything seems to be going well and I`m feeling pretty fit. Everything feels good, there`s no niggles and I`m just looking forward to the games we have coming up.We have a strong squad and this is just giving us the best possible chance for next season.But for me personally it`s just really good to be back with the boys full-time again.
I had a taste of it towards the end of last season and, with all the success surrounding our promotion, it was a good time for me to come back.It was nice to get a couple of games under my belt but, while I knew I could do a job on the pitch, I wasn`t at the level I know I can be. Now I`m just putting in the hard work this summer to improve my game and get back to where I want to be.Perhaps that`s part of my problem to begin with. It`s the British way and it goes against everything I know to pull out of a tackle. Maybe I need to be a little bit more intelligent in terms of not diving in so much.I don`t know if I will be able to do that."
Jones on the challenges ahead:
"It`s a new experience for everybody here but it`s not something we are scared of.With the squad of players we have here, there`s a good chance we will compete in the Championship. I`ve said all along that, while some of these teams have great history and tradition, they are still playing at the same level as us for a reason.The playing staff at those sort of teams is not what it used to be 15 years ago. We just need to realise that and understand, like the gaffer keeps telling us, that we are just as good as these players."
Date:Tuesday July 22 2008
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