Recruit from Swansea City feels Stevenage can avoid League One drop

Curtis Obeng

Curtis Obeng - Credit: Archant

New Stevenage loan signing Curtis Obeng feels the fighting spirit in the camp will steer the club clear of relegation.

Obeng has joined Boro from Premier League side Swansea City until the end of the season and is relishing the challenge.

“Yeah it’s definitely [a challenge I look forward to],” said the 25-year-old.

“I think it’s a good place to come and play and I think the most important thing is the team, the players, the manager, the staff they’re all really positive, they all have the right attitude, the belief in the camp is strong that we can get the job done.”

The former Manchester City player was on the bench for Boro in the 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient on Tuesday, but was impressed by spirit his new team-mates showed.

“Just being in the training environment and the match day environment down at Leyton the other day, you can see everyone’s got the heart and the spirit,” he said.

“No one’s feeling sorry for themselves, no one’s sulking, everyone’s digging deep and really working hard.”

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Obeng was signed at Swansea by current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, and the full-back spoke of his appreciation for the Northern Irishman.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Brendan, he brought me in and we sat down and discussed what was at the time, my future.

“Unfortunately it didn’t work out for me personally because he got a good move to Liverpool which obviously he had to take, but I’ve got a lot of respect for him he’s a great manager and a really good person.”

Obeng’s parent club Swansea have been making headlines of their own of late after controversially dismissing manager Michael Laudrup, and Obeng revealed that the Swans players had been under the impression the Dane would be leaving at the end of the season.

“It was talked about for some weeks. We weren’t sure of the dates. We were under the impression it was going to be the end of the season,” said Obeng.