Caulker targets game time

Image: Steven Caulker: Eyeing regular football next season after progressing while at Swansea

On-loan Steven Caulker says he is ready to fight for his position at Spurs next season but wants regular football wherever he is.

Defender ready to fight for his place at White Hart Lane next term

Steven Caulker says he is ready to fight for his position at Tottenham Hotspur next season but wants regular football wherever he is. The 20-year-old defender has made 19 top-flight starts while on loan at Swansea this season as Brendan Rodgers' side have confounded doubters and taken 39 points from their opening 30 games to sit tenth in the table. His form has led Spurs boss Harry Redknapp to say he has "big plans" for the player on his return to his parent club, but the defender wants to play games. Caulker told WalesOnline.co.uk: "I feel like I've really progressed this year and I personally think I'll go back to Tottenham a better player and ready to fight for my position. "I think I've improved from the first month or so of the season and I've really enjoyed learning my way with Swansea. "I always felt the key thing for me to continue my development was to play games and that's happened at Swansea. "I don't want that to stop and I'm sure I'll sit down in the summer and see where I'm at - but if I go back to Tottenham next season I want to be playing."

Contribution

Caulker - who is ineligible for Sunday's game against Spurs, which is being shown live on Sky Sports 1HD - praised the contribution Rodgers has made to his progress, saying: "I feel I've taken my game up a notch this year and grown as a player and that comes from working under Brendan this year. "He's a great coach for the team but also for individuals and he's really helped me develop as a player at this level." While the Swans are just a point short of the magic 40-mark usually needed to guarantee Premier League safety, Caulker wants Rodgers' side to push on between now and the end of the season. He added: "We've come a long way but we know we still have things to improve on and we want to show that between now and the end of the season. "We want to carry on with the journey."

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