Date: 30th June 2008 at 1:07pm
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Swansea City new boy Mark Gower has revelled the chance to play championship football was to bigger lure for him to ignore.

Gower was speaking after completing his free transfer from league one outfit Southend United. Highly regarded at Roots Hall by Shrimpers manager Steve Tilson , the former Barnet midfielder was offered a lucrative two year deal to sign on at the Essex club. Turning down Southend’s two year deal in favour for a move to South Wales was a big decision for the 29 year old but has had the full support of his young family.

Showing ambition in furthering his career playing in league one did not excite the former Spurs player and it was that fundamental aspiration that led to the move to the Liberty Stadium. Looking back at the achievements he earned at Roots Hall the midfielder was in nostalgic mood in recounting the pivotal moments in his career at the Essex club. High up on the list of his best moments at Southend United was the promotion to the championship as league one champions in the 2005/06 season where Gower and the rest of the title winning squad celebrated on The Liberty Stadium pitch.

Gower Told The Southend Echo:

‘There were a few things which made up my mind but the major one was that I would be playing in the Championship again. I obviously played at that level the season before last with Southend and for me personally I thought I did quite well, scoring 10 goals. You get to play some great teams and some great grounds and I can’t wait to do it again. League One is a good test too but if I’m being honest it doesn’t excite me.”

Swansea is also a big club with great facilities and the contract they’ve offered me has the possibility of an extra third year which swayed my mind as well. I’ve had a great time and have had so many memorable moments. The promotions were great, the LDV Vans Trophy finals, the play-off games, beating Colchester and Manchester United, taking Spurs to extra time at White Hart Lane – there were just so many highs and I enjoyed things there that people have been waiting a long time for.I’m proud of what we achieved but I also believe it was time for a change and I think I needed a new challenge.”

Gower On Moving To Swansea

“I am a bit apprehensive about that. My wife is fully behind me with the move but we have two young children and moving away to Wales was a big decision for us all. Where we are going to be living is a nice area and I just hope the kids settle in fine so I can concentrate on the football and doing well for Swansea.’



Swansea City are in the next 48 hours expected to formally announce the capture of Albert Serran who will sign on for a fee in the region of £70,000-£80,000 .