Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is close to finalising a new deal at the club
Michel Vorm is keen to finalise a new contract at Swansea after being offered a fresh deal to keep him there until 2016.
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 21/09/12 12:49pm
Dutchman Vorm has made a big impact with the Swans since arriving from FC Utrecht in August 2011, establishing himself as one of the Premier League's top keepers.
The 28-year-old admits it came as a surprise to be offered a new contract so soon after manager Michael Laudrup's arrival in the summer, having played just four games under his new boss so far.
But Vorm, currently contracted until 2014, is eager to commit to the club and is optimistic of a deal being reached in the near future.
He told De Telegraaf: "I was a little bit surprised Swansea City wanted to extend the contract already.
"I had a fantastic season, but when a new coach arrives you always have to wait to see what he thinks about you. However, he was enthusiastic.
"Swansea have stated that I am important for the future and the offer to extend until the summer of 2016 shows a lot of appreciation.
"When my agent, Wessel Weezenberg, returns from holiday the final details will be discussed. But we will definitely come together."
Vorm is embarking on his second season playing Premier League football and says the excitement of plying his trade in the English top-flight is yet to wear thin.
"Everyone knows how fantastic the Premier League is. But playing there is even more fantastic," he said.
"Every game is a battle and the passion of our opponents and fans is fantastic.
"The stadiums are fully packed and we are supported at away games with 2,000, 3,000 people who sing for the full 90 minutes. That still gives me goosebumps."