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Garry Monk hoping for Swansea promotion 'fairytale'

Garry Monk
Garry Monk was a free signing for Swansea City in the summer of 2004

Skipper Garry Monk hopes Swansea City's previous Championship experience can help them do "something special" and secure a "fairytale" promotion.

The Swans were languishing in League Two when Monk arrived in 2004 but he has helped inspire Swansea into serious Premier League promotion contenders.

Monk returned from injury on Saturday to play his first game for two months in a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest.

"I get the feeling that we can do something special here," said Monk.

"Whether that is finishing in the top two or going through the play-offs.

"I feel that because of the way we play and the attitude we show week in and week out.

"We're brave and that is not just about putting your foot in and being disciplined but by the way we play.

"We show for the ball and gets on the ball in tight situations and come the end of the season when the pressure is on and we still have that belief, that is when the real bravery comes out."

Swansea remain third in the Championship following their first win in four league games on Saturday.

But Brendan Rodgers' men closed the gap on second-placed Norwich City, who occupy the final automatic promotion spot, to just a point.

When I first came here, we were in League Two but we managed to get out of that and have progressed every season. So it would be a fairytale to get up into the Premier League

Swansea City captain Garry Monk

Monk came on as a late substitute for Angel Rangel in the 3-2 Liberty Stadium triumph as the 32-year-old tasted his first playing action since hobbling off with a knee injury in their FA Cup win over Colchester on 8 January.

"I did worry I might miss the rest of the season," said Monk. "So I'm glad to be back especially with the season we're having."

And Swansea's inspirational skipper, who arrived on a free transfer from Barnsley in 2004, now hopes to play a key role in helping the Swans become the first Welsh club to grace the Premier League.

Swansea have risen from the League Two doldrums to the verge of the Premier League in Monk's time in Wales' second city - and have made two unsuccessful Championship play-off pushes since getting back into English football's second tier.

Now the Swans are set for their most concerted push yet for a return to the top flight they departed in 1983.

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"When I first came here, we were in League Two," said Monk. "But we managed to get out of that and have progressed every season.

"So it would be a fairytale to get up into the Premier League. It would be unimaginable, not just for the players and the club but for the fans and the city as a whole.

"I have been in the Premier League before with Southampton and didn't get the rub of the green.

"So I would personally love to have one last crack at it, to show you can get there by hard work - that is my motivation and to be there with this club would be amazing."

He added: "In previous seasons, we might have fallen away by now but we have bounced back more or less straight away after a couple of disappointments.

"The experience of the last couple of years has stood us in good stead and we're showing that on the pitch."



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Swansea 3-2 Nottm Forest
19 Mar 11 |  Championship
Monk receives knee injury boost
12 Jan 11 |  Swansea
Swans captain Monk signs new deal
11 Nov 09 |  Swansea
Monk handed Swansea's captaincy
17 Jun 06 |  Swansea
Swans unveil new signings
16 Jun 04 |  Swansea
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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