Tremmel's patience pays off
Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel will face Southampton on Saturday saying his current run in the side is reward for his patience and hard work.
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The 33-year-old initially joined Swansea on trial in the summer of 2011 and eventually did enough to secure a permanent contract at the Liberty Stadium.
But the former Red Bull Salzburg player found his aspirations of being first-choice stymied by the outstanding performances of Michel Vorm, making just three appearances during the 2011-12 campaign.
Dutch international Vorm was rightly lauded for a number of eye-catching displays during Swansea's maiden Premier League campaign.
His performances saw the former Utrecht goalkeeper named Swansea's player of the year, but the groin injury he suffered in the defeat to Manchester City has given Tremmel a chance he wondered if he would ever get.
"You do start to think like that because Michel and the team were doing so well," he said. "You think you won't get a chance and you wonder if you should go on.
"If you're not playing you cannot be satisfied. The thing is you don't get rewarded at the weekend, although you work hard and train hard.
"But my attitude is if I stop training 100% that might be a time when I need to play and I would not be in shape. I expect myself to be a number one keeper so I have to train like one.
"You always have to go through hard times. There will be hard times and good times. Now is a better time. I see this as a reward."
Swansea are on a good run of form after losing just one of their last four games in all competitions.
The upturn in results came on the back of reports of dressing room unrest, but performances since have suggested there is no lack of unity and Tremmel says there is a special atmosphere in the dressing room.
He added: "I said to a German newspaper that joining Swansea was the best decision that I've ever made. Apart from being on the bench, which is always frustrating, I just enjoyed being here.
"Every training session, the language and the mentality, it was an absolutely great decision.
"We had a great team spirit at other clubs, but this is special."