England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey says he's looking forward to a big season with Swansea
Jonjo Shelvey says he’s already settled with Swansea City and ready for a big season at the Liberty Stadium.
The England midfielder joined Michael Laudrup’s side from Liverpool last week and has already played in two pre-season games for the Swans.
And the 21-year-old admits he sees his time in South Wales as a big step in his career as he aims to play a regular part in Swansea’s team.
Shelvey has signed a four year deal with the Premier League outfit and League Cup winners and revealed: "I'm looking forward to being part of it.
"I watched Swansea play a lot in the Premier League. The way they play football excites me and I can't wait to be part of it.
"When I spoke to the Swansea chairman (Huw Jenkins), he said they had been tracking me from my Charlton days.
"It raised its head again over the summer and I was following it in the papers every morning while on holiday until it happened for real."
After completing his £5m switch from Anfield, Shelvey was whisked straight off to join his new team-mates in the Netherlands at their training camp.
He was quickly in action for his new club too, featuring in their warm-up games with Excelsior and FC Gravenzande.
And Shelvey revealed his new team-mates have made it easy for him to settle in following his move south.
He added: "It's always a nervous time joining a new club. It was the same when I went from Charlton to Liverpool, then to Blackpool on loan and now Swansea.
"You don't know what to expect meeting the players for the first time, even down to the staff.
"But I have learnt that you can't be negative. You have got to be positive and confident in order to show your character and ability.
"In fairness to the boys here, they welcomed me in straight away. They were having dinner at the hotel when I arrived and they all got up to shake my hand and welcome me to the club.”
Shelvey, who played for England Under-21s in the Euro Finals in Israel this summer, also has one senior cap to his name and is still eligible for the next Under-21 Euro campaign.