Tate's working hard to stay in shape
ALAN Tate has already kicked off pre-season training in a bid to ensure he is primed for a belated Premier League adventure.
Swansea City's vice-captain made only five top-flight appearances last term thanks largely to the broken leg he suffered on the golf course last August.
And Tate has not eased off since the end of Swansea's maiden Premier League campaign because he is desperate to play a bigger part in 2012-13.
"I have been training on my own right the way through the summer," the 29-year-old explained.
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"I have been on a couple of holidays, but I was training even while I was away.
"I had six months off last season, and you are always looking to come back and make up for lost time after you've had an injury."
With Garry Monk injured, Tate had the honour of leading Swansea out for their first ever Premier League fixture at Manchester City ten months ago. But that would prove to be the defender's only elite division start after a golf buggy accident left him with a broken leg.
Tate was fit again by early spring, but he was restricted to only limited opportunities after that because of the form of those ahead of him in the queue for a place in Brendan Rodgers's side.
Now he has the chance of a fresh start under new boss Michael Laudrup — and Tate is determined that fitness problems will not get in his way.
"I have always tried to stay fit during the summer," he added.
"There was the one year under Roberto (Martinez) when I didn't look after myself as well as I should have done, but that was an exception.
"You always want to give yourself the best possible chance of getting into the team, and hopefully that's what I have done this summer."