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Swansea City defender says captaincy helped him mature

Swansea City defender Mike van der Hoorn is pleased how this season went for him on a personal level.

The 26-year-old played all 46 games in the Championship for Graham Potter’s side and impressed for the Swans.

Van der Hoorn, who is a former Holland Under-21 international, took the captaincy during Leroy Fer’s lengthy spells on the side lines and enjoyed the extra responsibility placed on his shoulders.

He has told the Swans’ official club website: “I played the most games in my career this season, so it has been successful on a personal note,”

I have captained the team a lot, so I have learned from that aspect. We have a young team and even though I am only 26 I can pass on my experience and knowledge to help the young players grow.”

He added: “I think my extra responsibilities over the course of the season have helped me mature too not only as a footballer but as a person. So it’s been really successful on that front.”

Van der Hoorn moved to Wales in July 2016 from Ajax for a fee of around £2 million. He initially struggled to nail down a regular starting place for Swansea in the Premier League but their relegation to the Championship in 2018 has benefitted him.

He signed a new deal in April to extend his contract for a further year which is great news for Potters’ side. The Dutchman will play a key role for the Swans once again next season.

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