Gerhard Tremmel keen to extend Swansea City stay
GERHARD Tremmel hopes his run in the Swansea City first team will persuade Michael Laudrup to offer him a new contract.
Tremmel is enjoying his best spell in Swansea colours since joining the club in August 2011.
The German has had to bide his time at the Liberty, having sat on the bench throughout most of his stint in Wales thanks to the fine form of regular No. 1 Michel Vorm.
But the groin injury suffered by Vorm at Manchester City last month has handed Tremmel the chance to prove his worth — and so far the keeper has seized it with both hands.
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Tremmel, 33, sees his current Swansea deal at the end of this season.
And having insisted that moving to SA1 was the best decision of his career, he has fingers crossed that he will be handed an extension.
"If both parties are happy then of course I'd like to stay," Tremmel said.
"It's not just up to me — it's up to the club and the manager too.
"I'm sure we will have some talks in the near future.
"It's not my first contract, so I'm aware of the situation.
"I know that if I perform well in the next month then it will help me. It should help!"
Tremmel played only one Premier League game last season — when Vorm went down with illness — but has been thrown in at the deep end over the past few weeks.
Having come off the bench in the narrow defeat at Manchester City, he has faced Liverpool — in the Capital One Cup — Chelsea and Southampton.
And with Vorm likely to be sidelined until somewhere around Christmas, Tremmel should get plenty more chances to impress.
"I will give 100 per cent and try to do my best to help the team and the club," added the former Energie Cottbus stopper.
"The manager hasn't told me that if I do well, I'll keep the jersey — but I wouldn't do that either if I was a manager."
Tremmel's next opportunity to shine comes at Newcastle United this weekend, when he will continue the search for the first Premier League clean sheet of his career.
Vorm, who is making steady progress in his rehabilitation, has given his backing to his long-time understudy.
"Gerhard has played a lot of top level games in Germany and Austria over the years," said the Dutch international.
"If we had to go with someone with no experience it would have been difficult. He wouldn't know what to expect in the Premier League.
"Gerhard is easy going and grounded — but a true pro. He trains like crazy every day so that he's always ready when needed. That's so important for him and the team and he's done well in the games he's played recently."
Swansea have confirmed that Ki Sung-Yueng will miss the Toon trip with the hamstring injury he suffered at Southampton, but they hope he will be fit for the clash with Liverpool a week on Sunday.
Danny Graham (back) and Chico Flores (dead leg) are both tipped to return to Laudrup's squad at Newcastle.
Leroy Lita has returned to Swansea a month early from his three-month loan spell at Birmingham for treatment on a thigh injury.
"While both clubs are disappointed that the loan has been cut short, they have not ruled out the possibility of Lita returning to St Andrews for another loan spell in the future," a Swans statement said.