Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel senses something special at Swansea City
GERHARD Tremmel insists there is "something special" about Swansea City after signing a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the club.
The German goalkeeper has become the latest in a list of players to agree contract extensions this week.
Tremmel arrived from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2011 but found first-team opportunities hard to come by last season.
Michel Vorm was a regular under Brendan Rodgers and Tremmel made only three appearances.
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But he has featured more regularly this term, starting throughout the club's Capital One Cup campaign and impressing in the Premier League in the absence of the injured Vorm.
"I am pleased," said the 34-year-old. "I thought I had a point to prove — I didn't have time before to show what I can do.
"It would have left a bad taste to go back to Germany not having shown my potential in this league."
Tremmel admits he considered quitting Swansea last summer as he could not see a way past Vorm and into the first team.
The Munich-born goalkeeper had offers to return to Germany, but decided to stay put.
"There's something special about this club, I cannot describe it," he added.
"I have played for bigger clubs, but from when I first came in, I thought there was something special.
"I'm at the stage of my career where I don't really want to move on. I can imagine staying here until I retire, but you never know."
Stalwarts Leon Britton and Garry Monk also signed extended Swansea deals this week, while Wayne Routledge is another to have shaken hands on a new contract.
"It's good to get the players signed up, they are important to us," said boss Michael Laudrup.
"We need to do it quickly sometimes because it's difficult to compete with the salaries on offer at other clubs."
Laudrup hinted that Monk may even remain in SA1 beyond his playing days.
"This is his club where he wants to be," added the Dane.
"There are a lot of things in your mind when you come towards the end of your career — the future, what you will do off the pitch.
"But he fits in well here and that's why he signed. He knows what the club thinks about him.
"He knows it will be difficult to come into the side. But perhaps he thinks he can be here after he finishes which will mean he may play less than he would like to."