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Monk hails Fabianski's "great attitude"

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14:30 29th May 2014

. . . Swans boss full of praise for his first summer signing


Swansea City boss Garry Monk revealed new signing Lukasz Fabianski has the “attitude” he is looking for at the Liberty Stadium.

The Polish international goalkeeper became Monk’s first signing of the summer and as permanent Swansea manager when he completed a four-year deal from Arsenal on a free transfer.

Monk, who has yet to take a break since the season finished in a bid to strengthen his squad for the new Barclays Premier League campaign, declared:  “As a club we are delighted to sign someone with Lukasz's pedigree.

“He is an honest and humble person who wants to work extremely hard. I'm sure he will prove a very good and important signing for Swansea City.

“He's come from a big club where it has been difficult for him to command the number one spot. It's been frustrating for him at Arsenal because he hasn't played as many games as he would have liked.

“But speaking to him this week I could see the hunger he has to come here and prove he is a number one goalkeeper. That's a great attitude to have and it's the only type of player I want at Swansea City.

“I hope we can help him progress as a player and in his career because at 29 he has got to the age where he wants a new challenge. Michel Vorm and Gerhard Tremmel will provide him with plenty of competition, but that's exactly what I want.

“My job is to get the squad as competitive as possible across all areas and this signing confirms that thought process. It has to be a competitive environment and whoever backs themselves and comes out on top will wear the shirt.”

Garry Monk and Lukasz Fabianski

Fabianski ends a seven-year association with Arsenal, having lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in his final game for the Gunners.

And now he is looking forward to both a new challenge and working under his new manager.

“I’ve been impressed with the new manager. Even when you look at the final games of last season, you could see that after a little bit of struggle they started to get the right results to finish on a high,” said Fabianski.

“From talking with him for a short time you get the sense that he’s a really passionate guy and a very hard-working person.

“I want to do well for him. I have quite a lot of experience of playing at a good level against really good teams. Even looking at the FA Cup final victory last season with Arsenal, I can now say I have that winning experience.

“I’m very happy that Arsenal finished on a high with a trophy that was missing for a long time, but I am now looking forward to a new chapter in my life with Swansea.’’

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