Jack Cork says it would be 'strange' if Swansea didn't perform well next season

Cork, who signed from Southampton during the January transfer window, thinks the side can back up an impressive season with another next year.

Swansea City midfielder Jack Cork has said it would be strange if the squad didn't perform well next season after an impressive 2014/15 campaign which has seen them achieve their record points total in the Premier League.

The Swans will finish in eighth place this season and currently have 56 points at the business end of a campaign that has seen Garry Monk's side do the double over Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as trouble other sides challenging towards the top end of the table.

Cork is quoted in the South Wales Evening Post as saying: "You aim to do better than you did the previous year. There's no point setting targets any lower. We have to achieve what we have this season or better. If you look at our squad, if no-one leaves we've got young players who are hitting their peak so if they didn't perform next year it would be a bit strange.

"If we can keep this going and start the season strong there's no reason why we can't do even better."

There will be no European football for the side next season, following the defeat to Manchester City last weekend, but Cork has been talking about the challenges that would have come with that for the squad and insisted that he will welcome any added competition that comes the side's way in terms of new players.

He added: "If we would have made the Europa we may have needed a few more bodies to keep things going. It doesn't hurt to have more competition, but we've got a great base and great talent. There are some great young players here."

There are certainly some very talented players at the Liberty Stadium. Jonjo Shelvey, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-Yeung form part of an impressive group of midfielders in South Wales, and the side seem have coped admirably without Wilfried Bony over the second half of the season following his big-money sale to Manchester City.

There is a good crop of players at Swansea, and they seem to work well together. With one or two additions in the summer, Monk's side could well make the step up to challenging for a European place next season.

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