Record-breaker Wayne Routledge reckons his Swansea City landmark will count for little if Paul Clement’s fail to beat the drop.
Routledge has worn the Swans shirt in the Premier League more than any other player after passing Ashley Williams’s appearance tally earlier this month.
The 32-year-old has played 183 times for the Swans in the top flight – two more than former skipper Williams – and hopes to feature more between now and the end of the season despite a hernia problem which will keep him out of this weekend’s clash with Stoke City.
Routledge’s Swans record is quite something, particularly as he struggled for game-time in spells during what had been a nomadic career before he moved to the Liberty back in 2011.
But the experienced wideman will only be celebrating if Clement’s team can pull clear of relegation danger.
“For me, given my past record, it is an amazing achievement,” Routledge acknowledges.
“I play for a great club who are always trying to do things the right way, and it’s nice to have been part of everything we have done over the years in the Premier League.
“Hopefully now we can stay safe come the end of the season. Then the appearance record would feel like much more of an achievement.”
*You can read much more from Wayne Routledge in this weekend’s Jack Magazine.
He talks about growing up, getting wiser and finding a home at Swansea.
Also in Jack Magazine, there is an in-depth chat with American star Landon Donovan, who recently paid his first visit to SA1 after taking up an advisory role with the Swans.
We hear from head coach Paul Clement, club skipper Leon Britton and chairman Huw Jenkins.
Ex-Swans stalwart Nick Cusack recalls a classic clash with Stoke, while we catch up with former Swan Glan Letheren and speak to Potters old boy Peter Shilton.
And there is plenty more in this edition of Jack Magazine, including news from the development squad, the academy and the ladies’ team, as well as all you need to know about Mark Hughes’s Stoke side.
Issue 17 of the Premier League campaign is available for just £3 from around the Liberty, the club shop and online.
Jack Magazine really is a must-have for any Swans fan, so don’t miss out.