Monk praying for Swansea glory

BY foxsports • May 30, 2011

Garry Monk is dreaming of walking Wembley's famous steps today and lifting the trophy which would signal Swansea's promotion to the elite.

Monk will lead his side out against Reading in the Championship final with just 90 minutes separating both he and City from completing a meteoric climb up the football ladder.

Troubled Swans only narrowly avoided relegation from the Football League in 2003 but have risen both on and off the field to where they stand now - and Monk has pretty much seen it all.

Having left Southampton in 2004, the centre-back arrived at Swansea via a brief spell with Barnsley and has played his part in the club's promotions of 2005 and 2008. He now hopes to complete the three-year cycle.

"Promotion would be massive," said Monk. "The biggest thing in my career without a doubt.

"I was at Southampton when I was a bit younger, made a few appearances in the Premier League with them and it just gave you a little taste of what it's to be.

"I didn't manage to sustain it there and came here, basically we started off at the bottom again. To get back to the very top would be a personal goal of mine, I've always had that.

"Now I'm 32 it's probably one of my last chances to try and get back there and have a good go at it."

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