The last few months have proved life-changing for Ben Davies, but the Swans defender insists he will still be the same on and off the pitch.
A whirlwind five months has seen the 19-year-old emerge as a Premier League regular and Wales international, despite not having any senior experience before the pre-season trip to America.
Neil Taylor’s unfortunate injury against Sunderland meant Davies was given a chance in Michael Laudrup’s starting XI plans, and it’s an opportunity he has grasped with both hands.
The teenager has won many plaudits for his mature performances against some of the leading players in world football, and he was rewarded for that with a new three-year contract recently.
“A lot has changed in the last few months for me – it has come very quickly. But to be where I am now is life changing,” said Davies ahead of Saturday’s home game with Norwich City.
“To be a Swansea fan all of my life and now to get to play for the first team is a dream come true. I guess it is one of those type of fairytale stories you hear about in sport.
“And I was delighted to sign a new contract here – it shows the faith the club has in me, and I’m very thankful for that.
“I’ve been asked a lot about what I’ve bought since I’ve signed the contract, but, to be honest, I’ve not really bought anything.
“I’ve just got on with things as I did before because I don’t see a need to change.
“My mates take the mickey out of me, but I haven’t changed around them. There’s no reason to.
“On the pitch, I’m going to keep working as hard as possible in training and learn as much as I can off the coaching staff and my team-mates.
“It has been a big learning process so far, but I’m happy with how I’ve done so far.”
With Norwich at the Liberty on Saturday, the Swans are looking for some revenge after losing both games to the Canaries last season.
Both teams are in form, with the Swans beaten just once in nine games while Chris Hughton’s side have been undefeated in that same streak.
And Davies is expecting another tough test. He added: “We know they are a very good side, and they have caused us problems in the last few years.
“But we are a confident group and hopefully we can get three points.
“As a defence we know if we can continue keeping clean sheets like we have recently then we know we have firepower to get goals at the other end.”
You can watch the full interview with Ben now on Swans Player HERE