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Cotterill relishing Swansea move

Cotterill excited by Liberty move

David Cotterill hopes to kick-start his stuttering career at Swansea City now the Wales international has completed his loan switch from Sheffield United.

The 21-year-old sealed his move on Tuesday and hopes to make it permanent in the January transfer window.

"Hopefully I can come to Swansea and stay for a few years and establish myself here," Cotterill told BBC Wales.

"I hope I can do the business and turn this into a permanent move. That's the talk, everything is nearly agreed."

The former Bristol City trainee - who cost Premier League Wigan Athletic £2m in August 2006 - has joined his fourth club already in his fledgling career.

Cotterill failed to establish himself at Wigan and his lack of first-team action cost him his place in the Wales squad.

The versatile attacker - who can play up-front or on the wing - hoped to reinvigorate his career when he joined Sheffield United in July 2008 for an undisclosed fee.

But Cotterill has started just three times for the Blades this season, despite scoring twice, and has been allowed to leave the struggling Bramall Lane club to join Championship rivals Swansea.

David Cotterill
The fact I'm from Cardiff was never an issue for me

Swansea City new boy David Cotterill

Cotterill, who won his 15th Wales cap as a late substitute in their 3-0 friendly win over Scotland earlier this month, watched the Swans beat Derby County 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Friday.

He trained with his new team-mates on Monday and finalised his loan move to the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday - and now Cotterill believes he can fire both himself and the high-flying Swans to the Premier League.

"I have known for about three or four weeks that Swansea wanted to sign me and I am just glad it is sorted now," admitted Cotterill.

"It has been a very frustrating time for me as I've spent a lot of time on the bench and as a footballer you just want to play.

"Hopefully I'll get a chance to do that now. I need to be playing, especially at this stage of my career.

"I've also got my place in the international team to consider as well and it's a very important time.

"I realise I need to get more consistency in my game and hopefully I can do that by playing more. A few clubs were interested in me, but I've made the right decision.

"It's very satisfying to see the scores they've been getting and when I looked at the league table it's really nice to come to a club that has good ambitions.

"Swansea play attractive football and I definitely think they have what it takes to make it into the Premier League. Hopefully I can be a part of that."

Cotterill sunk Swansea's slim play-off hopes at the end of last season when his winner for Sheffield United was the difference between the two sides.


And the Cardiff-born is aware that his move to Swansea will upset a few supporters but admits that is of little concern to him.

"The fact I'm from Cardiff was never an issue for me," said Cotterill.

"It will probably cause a few problems with the Cardiff fans but that is the way it goes. I cannot worry about that.

"Swansea play the right way and that is all I am concerned about.

Cotterill is Sousa's sixth signing since he replaced Roberto Martinez in the summer and the Portuguese manager insists the player has "quality and different characteristics" that can help Swansea improve.

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