This week our Supporter Director Terry Sinnett writes…….
On behalf the Swans Trust, a very happy and healthy New Year to the Jack Army. We hope that everyone has had as good a Christmas and New Year festive period as has been possible, given the continuing issues caused by the pandemic. We must all hope that 2022 will eventually see us return to some sort of normality.
Due to Covid-19, it’s 4 weeks since we played our last game and it has been a difficult time for the club to maintain normal working routines. With so many players and staff affected, training has been very different and it will take some time to return to full fitness, both physically and mentally.
As we look forward, we know that there will be challenges ahead for our club. The January transfer window is upon us and the club have already indicated there will be changes in personnel. At the time of writing, we’ve seen Morgan Whittaker leave on loan, joining Lincoln City until the end of the season. We wish Morgan all the best and look forward to him rejoining us ready for next season.
No doubt we’ll see others move on, some permanently, others on loan. We’ll welcome new members to our squad who we’ll hope will make telling contributions through to seasons end.
On a positive note, it was good to see the news about Jamie Paterson’s contract extension being confirmed yesterday. Pato has certainly become a firm favourite among the fans and has been one of our most consistent performers this season and his extension is thoroughly deserved
There can be little doubt that Covid will also influence this transfer window. The loss of income from postponed games cannot be underestimated. As ever, a couple of interesting weeks are in store.
Football in general in 2022 faces many challenges. The long awaited ‘Fan-Led Review’ by Tracey Crouch MP was released in November and it’s details and key recommendations can be seen here https://thefsa.org.uk/news/fan-led-review-is-a-huge-step-forward/
Supporters groups from around 130 clubs, including ourselves, provided evidence for the report. The main recommendations have been accepted by Government and should appear in the next Queen’s Speech, due in the Spring. This would be a landmark for implementing change to our game and put the whole football pyramid on a footing that delivers long term sustainability. One to keep an eye on.
December saw us deliver our 20th Anniversary Pin Badge and car window stickers to members and these have been well received.
We also had a special Christmas Prize draw, exclusive and FREE to your Supporters’ Trust members.
A brilliant selection of prizes have been sent out to Adult and Junior members and have included a signed first team top, home and away shirts, hats and scarfs, table tennis bats signed by Trust Ambassador and double Paralympic medalist Paul Karabardak and Swans books, personally signed by Trust President Alan Curtis MBE.
The prizes are worth more than the cost of membership alone making our prize draw another great reason to join the Trust, which you can do here
Strength comes in numbers, so join us today!
The 3rd round of the FA Cup would normally generate a lot of excitement, and especially this year given that we have a home draw against Premier League Southampton. Due to government regulations, the game will take place behind closed doors. Let’s hope Russell Martin can field a team capable of winning through to the next round, when hopefully crowds will be allowed to return, and we can avenge that final Premier League game in 2018!
Enjoy the game #YJB