Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Hartson Regrets Not Playing For Us

Hartson Regrets Not Playing For Us

Former Wales International striker John Hartson has told BBC Sport how he regrets not playing for Swansea City.

The former Celtic striker retired from football this week, after leaving Championship side West Brom a fortnight ago.

Hartson had always said that he'd play for the Swans before he retired but he has failed to live up to that promise, having missed out on 2 occasions to join us.

He almost joined us 18 months ago under Kenny Jackett, but he was currently in West Brom's first team.

He also held talks with Roberto Martinez and club directors but the 32 year-old said a move to the Liberty Stadium was 'never close'.

John Hartson told BBC Sport:

'I was very close to joining Swansea 18 months as Kenny Jackett wanted me to partner Lee Trundle up front,'

'I had a meeting with the new manager Roberto Martinez and a club director last summer and I told them my desire to play for the club.

'It would have been a great last challenge for me as I was then lingering in the reserves at West Brom.

'My mates are fitness fanatics and they would have got me fit for my final fling, I'd have made sure of that.

'Unfortunately that is not going to happen and following my meeting with Roberto last summer, signing for Swansea was never close.

'I get on well with Roberto and I have a lot of respect for him, he has done a brilliant job for us.'

'I could have joined a club next week if I wanted but my fire to train every day has gone.

'Once you can't offer that then I don't see the point in continuing.

'Someone my size was never going to play until I was 38.

'But my back, knees and ankles feel quite good, I just don't have the enthusiasm to continue.

'The only club that would have given me that fire is Swansea.


There was much debate at the end of last year as to whether Hartson would be a good signing or not. Swansea City fans were split in their views, some saying he wouldn't fit in to Martinez's style, while others claiming he was just what we needed up front.

Should Roberto Martinez have signed John Hartson?

CLICK HERE TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS




Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Saturday February 9 2008
Time: 11:28PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Swansea City Articles

Full Backs Linked, But Surely Moreno Not a Target!?

Swansea City have been linked with three full backs, but surely one of them - Liverpool's Alberto Moreno isn't a £13m target!?

Nordfeldt Not Satisfied With Lack Of Game Time

Swansea City goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt has spoken out about the lack of game time he's having at the club

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

VitalSwansea
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Do you like the new 2017/18 kit?
Suggested By:
Like both home & away kits61%
Like home kit, not the away0%
Like away kit, not the home36%
Dislike both3%
Not sure yet0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.KevinE3
2.Dennis Downing2
The Vital Football Members League