Scotland: I Wish I Stayed At Swansea City
Jason Scotland says he wishes he stayed at Swansea City, after experiencing a forgetful 1-year spell at Wigan Athletic.
The 31 year-old striker managed to score just 1 goal in 14 starts in the Premier League with the Latics last season, whilst before that, he was enjoying scoring regularly for the Swans in the Championship.
Roberto Martinez left as Manager last Summer and he took Jason Scotland with him to the top flight, but despite an excellent run of goalscoring form with the Swans, he was unable to continue that at a higher level.
Despite some fans' critical opinions on Scotland, he did his job which was to score goals and they certainly helped us to our growing success since he joined us in 2007 when we were in League One.
45 goals in 82 goals speaks for itself, and he now finds himself back in the second tier of English football with Ipswich Town - who we face on Saturday in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Ahead of the game against his former club, Jason Scotland says he regrets joining Wigan Athletic, but adds that he found it hard to turn down Premiership football.
'I had to take the chance but I do regret leaving,'
I think thats the same for others. You speak to other guys and whether its now or two years down the line I think theyd miss what we had there because the standard of football we played was so amazing.
I enjoyed the football, my family loved it in Swansea, my kids loved it, I never really wanted to go but when the offer came in I needed to go and prove myself.'
Scotland also said that it was a tough time for him at Wigan and he felt that he letting Martinez down following his £2m move to the DW Stadium:
'It was tough for me, he said. I just didnt score enough. It was getting me down and after games Id go home and just be thinking that I hadnt scored.
The gaffer didnt put any pressure on me; hed tell me he hadnt lost any faith in me and Graeme Jones was brilliant, theyd just keep telling me to do the right things.
But I would just think about not scoring all the time and I was putting pressure on myself which didnt help.
Even if I was playing well, as a striker its all about finding the net and when youre not doing that youre really not doing your job.'
Speaking about his move to Ipswich Town, he added:
'I wanted to prove myself again and I was prepared to go back to the Championship to do it,'
The challenge is there for me personally and to get the team up into the play-offs and pushing for the Premier League.
If we do, then Swansea will be there too. They are still playing that good football.'