Monk eagerly awaits derby

Skipper confident settled Swans can topple Welsh rivals

Monk: New signings have now gelled

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Swansea captain Garry Monk is looking forward to next weekend's Welsh derby with Cardiff now that the Swans have a settled squad.

Having lost manager Roberto Martinez at the end of last season to Wigan, Monk saw a host of changes to both the playing and coaching staff over the ensuing months.

The Swans saw last season's impressive loanee Jordi Gomez opt to join Martinez at Wigan as did star striker Jason Scotland while Owain Tudor Jones was allowed to leave for Norwich.

Martinez's replacement Paulo Sousa added five new players to his squad over the summer and Monk believes it is only now, having gone nine games unbeaten in the league, that the team have actually gelled together.

The 30-year-old defender knows he will have his work cut out against second placed Cardiff but insists confidence is high after the Swans' 2-0 weekend win at Scunthorpe.

Big players

"We lost a couple of big players this summer but knew we still had a decent squad," he said in The Sun.

"We were always confident but knew it would take a bit of time for things to gel with the new faces coming in.

"We're playing well now, but there is still much more to come. The lads are looking forward to the derby game now.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of build-up towards it this week. We'll still be the underdogs. Cardiff have spent a lot of money and are scoring goals for fun, so we'll have to be at our best again defensively."