Gerhard Tremmel admits Swansea City’s Capital One Cup triumph at Wembley last February has made him even hungrier to taste more success with the club.
The Swans begin the defence of their title on Wednesday night (7.45pm) as they visit Championship side Birmingham City in the third round of the competition.
Michael Laudrup led the club to their first major trophy last season, having beaten then-holders Liverpool and European champions Chelsea on the way to the final, where they beat Bradford City by a record final score of 5-0.
Tremmel featured in every minute of the successful cup campaign, and insists the memories of lifting the trophy at Wembley has left him hungry for more ahead of the clash with 2011 winners Birmingham.
“This is the start of the journey for us. Hopefully we will be in the next round of the draw on Wednesday night,” said the German keeper.
“It’s a dangerous game because they are a Championship team who are targeting a scalp from the Premier League.
“But we know what this cup is all about and what it’s like to win it. Lifting the cup at Wembley was an amazing experience. No-one can take those memories away from us.
“Those memories have made me hungry to get another trophy. Yes, I have won the first one of my career but now I want more. I want the feeling of lifting a trophy again in front of a big crowd because that was an amazing experience – one I will never forget.”
The cup holders go into the game at St Andrews on the back of a successful week, having drawn with Liverpool before away victories at Valencia and Crystal Palace.
And Tremmel insists progression in the cup is important for the momentum of the team ahead of Saturday’s home fixture with Arsenal.
“We had a good point against Liverpool and then that amazing win at Valencia, followed up with another away win at Crystal Palace,” added Tremmel.
“So it’s important that we don’t go into the Arsenal match this weekend on a bad note.
“We want to beat Birmingham to maintain the momentum of the team.
“The attitude of this team, this club, is to go to Birmingham and keep up the standard.”
The standards, Tremmel points out, have been raised by the influx of new talent into the squad this summer.
Laudrup strengthened his squad with the likes of record signing Wilfried Bony, England international Jonjo Shelvey, Jose Canas, Alejandro Pozuelo and Jordi Amat while Jonathan de Guzman has returned on loan.
Most recently, Spanish striker Alvaro Vazquez arrived on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day.
And Tremmel feels the environment around the club has allowed the new faces to quickly settle into the Swans system with ease.
“We have a strong squad now, and I think that has been reflected in the way the manager has switched things around in the past week,” he added.
“He has made five or six changes in the last two matches, but you look at the results – winning in the Europa League at Valencia, who are a massive club, and then beating Crystal Palace in the league.
“We have made changes and integrated new players into the team, but you couldn’t tell the difference.
“It is incredible how settled the new players are. They come in – some speak very little English – but straight away they feel that they are in a good place and can play at their best.
“That is such an important thing for a new player at a club – particularly a foreign player, and I say that from experience.”
Supporters travelling to St Andrews for the Capital One Cup tie at Birmingham City on Wednesday (Sept 25) should be aware of road works which could affect their return journey.
The M42 will be shut on Wednesday for resurfacing between junctions 4 and 5 from 8pm, which will cause long delays.
Fans are advised to use the A38 to junction 4 of the M5 or M6 North onto M5.