19:00 30th June 2014
. . . new arrival targets similar impact as former team-mate
New Swansea City signing Stephen Kingsley hopes to follow in the footsteps of his former team-mate Jay Fulton after joining from Falkirk.
The 19-year-old left-back signed a three-year contract at the Liberty today after the Swans and Falkirk agreed an undisclosed fee.
Kingsley, who managed over 100 appearances for the Scottish Championship side since making his debut at the age of 16, now joins Fulton at the Swans as he aims to make a similar impression.
After arriving from Falkirk in January, Fulton impressed manager Garry Monk enough to promote him from the club’s Under-21s side into the senior squad before handing him his debut in April.
Fulton ended the season by earning his first start as the Swans beat Sunderland 3-1 in the final game of the campaign.
“I know a lot about Swansea and, of course, Jay has been telling a lot of good things about the club too,” said Kingsley, a Scottish U19 international.
“When he arrived he was initially in the Under-21s set up but he worked hard and showed the right attitude and impressed the manager enough to involve him in the first team.
“To see Jay make his debut in the Premier League shows that the manager is not afraid to give youngsters a chance - and that's one of the reasons why I decided to come to Swansea.
“He’s a great example for me to follow, and I’ll be giving everything I have to try and impress the manager enough to give me an opportunity with the first team.”
Kingsley was also keen to thank his former club for giving him his big opportunity in the game.
Falkirk narrowly missed out on a return to the top flight after losing in the play-off stage to eventual winners Hamilton in a season in which Kingsley was included in the Scottish Championship Team of the Year.
He added: “It has been a hard few years at Falkirk but it was a great education for me. I’ve matured a lot in the last three years.
“I was only 16 when I made my debut, but Falkirk gave me the opportunity to play senior football and I am very grateful to them for that.
“They have shown a lot of faith in youngsters and I have benefited so much from that. There’s myself, Jay, Scott Arfield – who’s now in the Premier League with Burnley – and Murray Wallace at Huddersfield who have come through at the club in recent years.
“It has been a real education at Falkirk, but I feel I am now ready to take the next step in my career, and to be at a Premier League club is a dream come true for me.”