Gwion Edwards: 'Brendan Rodgers stopped me joining St Johnstone last year'

Gwion Edwards makes his St Johnstone debut
Gwion Edwards says he could have joined St Johnstone last season.SNS Group

Swansea's Gwion Edwards has revealed he jumped at his second chance to join St Johnstone after Brendan Rodgers dissuaded him from signing last season.

The teenager made his debut in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to St Mirren after signing on at McDiarmid Park on loan until the end of the season.

Edwards, 19, has struggled to break into the first team under Michael Laudrup and has arrived in the SPL looking for more game time.

And speaking to The Courier he has revealed former Swans boss and current Liverpool chief Rodgers talked him out of a move last term.

“I jumped at the chance to come up here when the interest was renewed,” he said.

“Saints wanted me to come here last year but I’d signed a three-year contract and my manager then, Brendan Rodgers, didn’t think the timing was right to go out on loan. He wanted me to stay around the first-team squad.

“I signed a three-year deal last year but the manager changed when Brendan went to Liverpool and Michael Laudrup came in. I signed for Brendan before he left for Liverpool and Michael came in so it was a bit like starting all over again.

“Swansea are having a great season so it has been difficult breaking into a team which has a lot of quality players competing for midfield places, including Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Spanish international Pablo Hernandez, who came in from Valencia.

“But even just training with these guys had helped my game and hopefully I can help St Johnstone make it into Europe again.”

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