Wednesday 02 July 2014
Swansea City have made permanent the acquisition of Marvin Emnes from Middlesbrough.
The Dutch winger was on loan in the second half of last season and has signed a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium after Swansea agreed an undisclosed fee with the Championship side.
"Last season in the Premier League was a good test for me to prove myself"
Emnes, 26, appeared in seven Barclays Premier League matches for Swansea during the 2013/14 season. He scored once, in the final match against Sunderland, and impressed Swansea manager Garry Monk enough to become the club's fourth signing of the summer after Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who both joined on free transfers, and Stephen Kingsley, who signed from Falkirk for an undisclosed fee.
“I’m delighted - I’ve waited a long time to become a Swansea City player,” Emnes, who had a loan spell at the club in 2010, told the Swansea City website. “From the minute I got here I had a good time. I’ve played some good games and I wanted to play for Swansea, while the club also wanted me.
“Last season in the Premier League was a good test for me to prove myself. I think I did well enough to earn my move permanently.”
Emnes is looking forward to being part of the club’s pre-season. Swansea return to action in preparation for the 2014/15 season by flying out to the United States on Sunday for a two-match tour, starting with a friendly against Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara in Milwaukee on 16 July. (For all their pre-season friendlies, click here.)
“It’s good to be a part of the squad right at the start of pre-season because you can prepare together as a team,” Emnes said. “There are some new players here so we can all get used to playing with each other and getting the best out of everyone too.
“In the last few games in the Premier League last season I really enjoyed testing myself against top players. As a forward you want to score goals and create some for the team too. Hopefully I will do that again here.”