Monday 30 June 2014
Swansea City have announced the signing of Stephen Kingsley from Falkirk. The 19-year-old left-back has signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee to the Scottish Championship club.
Kingsley has become a regular at Falkirk since making his senior debut at 16 and was included in last season's SPFL Championship Team of the Year. He has also played for Scotland Under-18s and Under-19s.
"I’ll be giving everything I have to try and impress the manager enough to give me an opportunity with the first team"
He is the second player to be signed by Swansea manager Garry Monk from Falkirk this year after Jay Fulton, 20, moved to the Liberty Stadium in the January transfer window. Fulton, who plays in midfield, was given his first Barclays Premier League appearance as a substitute in the 4-1 win over Aston Villa in April, before making his first start in the final match of the season away to Sunderland.
Such rapid progression helped Kingsley to choose to join Swansea, the defender said.
"I know a lot about Swansea and Jay has been telling a lot of good things about the club, too," Kingsley told the Swansea City website. "When he arrived he was initially in the Under-21 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."
Swansea return to action in preparation for the 2014/15 season with a trip to the United States starting with a friendly against Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara in Milwaukee on 16 July. For all their pre-season friendlies, click here.