Young Swansea City striker Liam Cullen has set himself a target of breaking through into the senior squad at The Liberty Stadium over the next two-and-a-half years.
The 20-year-old forward put pen to paper on a new contract that runs until the summer of 2022, with the forward’s original deal set to expire in the summer.
The striker’s form this season has impressed many around The Liberty Stadium, as he has managed to net 17 goals in 21 appearances across all competitions for the under-23 side.
And with the youngster’s form having attracted the likes of Hibernian to his services with just a few days left of the January transfer window, Cullen targets a senior breakthrough sooner rather than later.
Speaking to Swansea’s official website, Cullen said: “The main aim now is for me to push into men’s football and prove myself at that level.
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“I played two games during pre-season and was on the bench for a couple of Carabao Cup games; I’ve also been in the stand for a couple.
“Being in that environment and seeing the support the players get from the fans makes me hungry to be a part of it.
“I’ve always wanted to be a player that has come through the academy set-up and made it into the first team.
“Players like Joe Rodon, Connor Roberts, Jordon Garrick and Ben Cabango have all made that journey. I look at them every day and take inspiration knowing I want to follow in their footsteps.
“I don’t expect to walk into any first team; I know I have to work as hard as I can to get there and prove I can excel.
“It’s down to me to do that. Hopefully, I can carry on doing what I am and that will be the case.”
The forward has already been in and around the senior squad at Swansea. He made his first-team debut in August 2018 as he appeared as a second-half substitute against Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup, and he was also an unused substitute twice during the competition this season.
Swansea have been able to boast a strong academy over the last few years, with the likes of Joe Rodon and Connor Roberts having come through to establish themselves in the Swansea senior squad and the Wales national team.
Cullen looks to be the next one off the production line, as he looks to continue living the dream of any Swansea fan, and Cullen is right to set his sights high on breaking into the first team after his recent form.