Games won't harm Swans hopes
NEIL Taylor has dismissed fears that Olympic call-ups for three of Swansea City's players will disrupt the club's pre-season preparations.
Taylor, along with Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair, has been included in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for this summer's London Games.
Team GB will meet for the first time today before going to Spain on Monday for a training camp in preparation for the Olympic football tournament, which begins on July 26.
The scheduling means the Swans' Olympic trio will be unavailable for pre-season training and this month's trip to the US, with new manager Michael Laudrup set to meet his players for the first time on Monday.
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And although he won't be in South Wales for the summer regime, Taylor is confident his Olympic commitments will not affect his preparations for Swansea's second term in the Premier League.
"Unfortunately we won't be able to work with the new manager," he said.
"But that's just the price we have to pay for playing at this level.
"We want to impress the new manager and we will be looking to impress during the games with Team GB.
"I'm sure the manager will be watching, so hopefully that will be another way for him to assess us.
"In any case, he's watched a lot of DVDs of Swansea and he will have done his research, so he'll know what we're all about."
With three players in the Team GB squad, Swansea are the best represented club in the 18-man party.
The Olympic final takes place on August 11, just seven days before the Swans begin their second Premier League campaign with a trip to QPR. The gold medal match at Wembley is also only four days before Wales's final 2014 World Cup qualifying warm-up against Bosnia at Parc y Scarlets on August 15.
Taylor and Wales team-mate Allen could be left with an almighty fixture-pile up if Team GB reach the Olympic final, but the former Wrexham left-back does not think his position with the Swans will be jeopardised.
"If the manager was coming in and changing things then we might be a bit worried," said Taylor.
"But he's inheriting a team which is doing well and he's said he's looking to play in the same way.
"I haven't spoken to the new manager yet because he's been back and forth from different countries over the last few days.
"He's been getting his staff together and waiting to meet the players.
"We're all looking to strengthen but he'll want to assess the squad before making any changes.
"It's a really exciting appointment and all the players are looking forward to working with him."