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Monk up for Swansea challenge

Garry Monk insists he will feel no added pressure on the touchline this weekend, having landed the Swansea job full-time.

The former Swans captain this week signed a three-year deal to succeed Michael Laudrup on a permanent basis after three months as the club's caretaker boss.

And though he must first take his players to Sunderland for Sunday's season finale, he is already plotting for next term.

"I feel very honoured," Monk told reporters on Friday.

"It is something I have always dreamed about doing. I didn't expect it to come this soon, and it is an opportunity I intend to take.

"I've lived in this city for 10 years. I have always tried my hardest for the club, so it never felt like a trial.

"You are there to be judged. I expect that. It doesn't faze me at all. I have a plan in my own head of what I want to do and how to go about it.

"I want to take the club forward. I have been part of the 10-year journey with this club, and now it is about improving on that, which is what I will be looking to do."

Monk will step up recruitment plans on his return from Wearside, unfazed by the prospect of being embroiled in a summer transfer circus.

"Players will go and players will come," he added.

"You will constantly be linked with players when you are in the Premier League.

"As a club, you have to be looking at all sorts of players, and that is what we have been doing. In the coming weeks, I guess we will narrow it down."