It's been an exciting six years for Swansea City AFC, having battled from the lowest tier of English football to the very top, all culminating in one of the most exciting playoff matches for Premiership in recent memory. It's been so eventful that many have wondered if they have any fuel left in their tank. This Cinderella club is determined to prove that they do.
Earlier this month, Newcastle United submitted a bid for the Swans' 22-year-old defender, Neil Taylor, at an undisclosed amount. This week, Swansea responded firmly that he's not for sale.
Taylor, who was a key component of the Swans' success during a 2010-11 season that made them the first Welsh club to land a coveted position in the Premier League, was acquired by the club on a free transfer from Wrexham prior to the season's start. The left back has made a huge impression on the club in his 32 appearances, and they have no interest in seeing him leave.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was quoted by the BBC, saying, "We recognize Neil as a young, talented Welsh player." He added, "We look forward to seeing him play a big role as we enter the Premier League."
The move sends an important message to their new Premier League competition, demonstrating that they will not make the mistake of selling off any ingredients of their working formula and fall into the black hole of relegation. Instead, they will seek and keep all the talent necessary to continue their success and become perennial Premier League competitors.
"That is why we have rejected Newcastle's bid," said Jenkins. "We have a big challenge ahead in the Premier League, but together we can maintain the progress made by this club over the last few years."
Whether their pursuit of that continued success can be achieved is yet to be seen. But without a doubt, the Swans are making the right moves and should be as much of an exciting force in the top tier as they were in the championship.