Date:Sunday July 31 2011
Kemy Agustien says he is looking to prove himself next season after a frustrating start at Swansea City.
The Dutch midfielder ended an impressive trial spell at the club last July with a knee injury that delayed a permanent move to the club.
He featured in all three friendly matches during last Summer's Holland Tour, but a knee injury in the final game delayed a permanent switch to South Wales, and from there he found it difficult to get into a side that was performing so well.
After fully recovering from the injury, Agustien later joined Crystal Palace on loan and got some much needed first team football, making 6 starts and 2 substitute appearances during his 2-month spell at Selhurst Park.
Agustien explained what happened last season:
'I was pretty frustrated last season because the injury really held me back,'
'It took me a while to get fit again, while the rest of the boys were playing really well in the Championship.
'Then it is difficult for me to get into the side, because if we are winning and the boys are playing very good then the manager is unlikely to change things.
'I understood that, but I just wanted to play and show what I can do.
'I spoke to the manager and we agreed that I needed to be out on the pitch so I went to Palace. I gained a lot from that.
'So after the play-offs I didn't want to go on holiday. My focus was on getting ready for this season.
'I went to see my physio in Holland and worked on my fitness at least four times a week.'
Agustien says he is fitter, faster and happier:
'I am a pretty positive guy, but last season was tough mentally,'
'But now I am walking around with a smile on my face. I am fitter and faster, and I am looking forward to the new season.
'There are a lot of guys going for the same position, but everyone starts from zero and we are all pushing really hard.
'It will be difficult for the manager because we have quality players. I can play in any of the three central positions, and if I get a chance then I'm determined to take it.'
It was a shame not to see Kemy Agustien playing regularly last season. He was very impressive whilst on trial and he offers something different in central midfield to what we currently have. He's strong and confident on the ball - which is what we'll need next season when we're up against bigger and stronger players in the Premier League. Hopefully he can show his true quality next season.
Date:Sunday July 31 2011
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