Monk mulls over January move

BY foxsports • September 27, 2012

Garry Monk will leave Swansea in the January transfer window if he is unable to regain favour under manager Michael Laudrup.

Monk struck a 90th-minute winner in last night's Capital One Cup victory over Crawley Town in his first appearance of the season after recovering from a back injury.

Bristol City made an approach for the 33-year-old, who is not in Laudrup's first-team plans, during the summer but the transfer failed to materialise.

Ashton Gate remains the likely destination if Monk is forced to accept his eight-year spell at Swansea is over.

"I've been injured for the past five weeks but there was speculation before that about a loan to here, there and everywhere," he said.

"I've been training for a week, played my first game and I'm going to build on that and see where it takes me.

"I've said all along I don't want to leave. Hopefully I can force my way into the manager's plans in some capacity in the near future. If not, I'll assess it again.

"At the moment I just want to get fit and everything depends how good I feel in the next couple of weeks.

"If I get a couple of weeks' training under my belt and it looks like I've got absolutely no chance, I'll have to have a look at it.

"January is the realistic time to move if I'm not involved at all, but hopefully I will be involved.

"I'll keep pushing and pushing, but I'm realistic as well. I'm not saying I should be starting Saturday or anything stupid like that."

Laudrup has retained Monk as club captain in recognition of his service to Swansea, despite his uncertain future at the Liberty Stadium.

"That means a lot to me - this is my seventh season as captain," Monk said.

"I've always been proud to be captain of this team and proud of what we've achieved in reaching this level.

"But I want to play and be out with the boys, helping the team."

Successive defeats by Aston Villa and Everton, who triumphed 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium last Saturday, heightened the importance of Tuesday night's outcome at Broadfield Stadium.

Laudrup had demanded a response to their recent slump and Monk believes the players delivered the necessary reaction.

"Obviously we were disappointed after the Everton game. It was our poorest performance for a long time," he said.

"It's never because of a lack of effort from us, instead it was down to some individual mistakes.

"We played as individuals instead of a team, which we don't normally do. We got punished by a very good team in Everton.

"It's about how you react and we did that against Crawley. Hopefully we can carry that on against Stoke on Saturday."

Crawley boss Richie Barker was pleased that the third-round tie was settled in normal time.

"If we're going to take the positive out of it, then I'd rather get beaten in 90 minutes than 120 minutes," he said.

"That means my players have had 30 minutes less work to do with a 5,000-mile round trip to Carlisle to come on Saturday."