Stu Wants To Stay

Monday, 30 April 2001, 0:00
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There were real fears that the 21-year-old Llanelli-born attacker, currently tracked by QPR, Sheffield United and Premiership Southampton, would seek pastures new – the gesture of hurling his Swansea shirt to 200 travelling Swans fans at The Manor on Saturday, perhaps an indication.

But Roberts, one of Swansea’s brightest prospects for years said, ‘There has been a bit of talk about me moving, but I will be sitting down with a few people at the club next week to discuss my future.

‘I threw my shirt to our fans at the end of the game to simply cheer them up. They haven’t had much to smile about all season, yet have remained very loyal. ‘The kit manager won’t be happy about it, but I don’t care. If I have made somebody laugh it would be worth paying for the shirt myself.’

But the maturing Roberts has been only partially content with his own performance since August. He said, ‘I can’t smile too much about my displays because I would have liked to have scored more goals – I am still learning so much about the game.’

And the Welshman lashed team-mates and himself for providing ’45-minute displays’ for most of the season. He rapped, ‘We were poor at Oxford, who can dispute it? ‘The Gaffer (John Hollins) has tagged us a 45-minute team and I think he’s got it spot on.

‘It’s time we put in a full 90 minutes. We have got home games against Brentford and Cambridge over the next week to make sure we do just that.’

And Roberts is convinced a couple of successive victories are needed to boost waning confidence for the two tough legs ahead with Merthyr Tydfil in the FAW Premier Cup semi-final early next month.

He said, ‘The way things are at the moment, Merthyr must be fancying their chances against us – we are not exactly striking fear into anybody.

‘But we are desperate to win the FAW Premier Cup – at least it will salvage something from this very disappointing campaign.’

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