Gylfi Sigurdsson reckons there are good times ahead at Swansea City after their rousing finish to a difficult campaign.
Sigurdsson has been voted player of the year by Swans fans after his starring role in the club’s successful Premier League survival push.
The Icelander was also named players’ player of the year and away player of the year as he cleaned up at the Swans’ end-of-season awards dinner.
And Sigurdsson believes Paul Clement’s team have proved how good they can be with their spectacular form in the second half of 2016-17.
“The stats are unbelievable,” he said.
“We have taken 26 points from the last 18 games and we have done it despite being under lot of pressure.
“We have had to deliver in a number of games – we could not afford any mistakes – and we have usually managed it.
“To get 26 points even though we had that bad run where we didn’t win in six is a really good effort.
“I think it shows the character of the team and how well we have done in the last few months.”
Sigurdsson has been an influential figure for the Swans throughout the season.
He has been a mainstay of the team all along, netting 10 goals along the way and providing no fewer than 13 assists.
The former Tottenham man admits the Swans’ traumatic campaign has been very challenging at times – but he is all smiles now.
“Have I enjoyed it? Yes and no. I have enjoyed the outcome of the season,” he said.
“There has been a lot of excitement and pressure. It is very satisfying now that we are safe with a game to go and for me personally, in terms of goals and assists it was a good year.
“I am just happy that the relegation fight is over now. It’s been a long season. We have struggled for a lot of the time but we have still managed to win enough games to be safe.
“I am not going to lie – it didn’t look good around Christmas. But we are delighted to be safe with a game to spare. It’s a very good feeling.”
Sigurdsson became the first Swans player to retain the supporters’ player of the year award.
And this is also the second successive campaign in which he was voted the Swans’ top performer by his team-mates.
“It is a good honour for me,” he said. “It’s always nice to be voted player of the season by the fans or by the players.
“Both of the awards are really special. It’s nice when your team-mates vote for you, but it’s also a good honour if the fans have enjoyed what you have done as well.
“It’s been a very good season for me personally and of course it has ended well for the team.”