Aston Villa star Conor Hourihane’s future takes twist as he makes on-air Swansea City admission
Conor Hourihane says he’s fully focused on helping Swansea City to play-off glory – and has refused to rule out an extended stay in south Wales.
Hourihane arrived from Villa Park on loan back in January and has made a solid contribution to Swansea’s efforts in securing a place in this season’s play-offs, chipping in with five goals and two assists.
Having found game-time at parent club Aston Villa hard to come by, the Irishman admits he’s delighted with how his stint in south Wales has panned out.
“I started the season with Aston Villa, not really playing as much as I would like,” he told talkSPORT.
“Coming into January, there was an opportunity to head out on loan and Swansea popped up.
“They were in a great position in the league. Now we’re heading into the play-offs. It’s very exciting.”
Hourihane knows exactly what it takes to come through the unpredictable, organised chaos of the play-offs, having been a part of the Villa side that triumphed over Derby County at Wembley back in 2019.
This is the second time in as many seasons that Swansea have earned themselves a place in the top six under boss Steve Cooper, and the 30-year-old is understandably full of praise for his boss.
“The gaffer [Cooper] has been first class. He’s a really good coach and really good with the detail,” he said.
“Most importantly for me, he’s a really good human being. He’s a good person to have a chat with and he connects with all the players, which is so important these days.
“He’s a really good guy and manager.”
All of the focus within the Swans camp is likely to be on the job at hand, but with Hourihane having just one year left on his current contract as Villa, there has already been speculation around his next move.
And he’s refused to rule out the possibility of extending his stay at the Liberty Stadium.
He added: “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
“I’ve loved my time here, it’s been fantastic, it’s a great place to live. I’ve been fortunate to meet some of the fans out and about and I can’t speak highly enough of the place.
“Let’s wait and see. The first goal is to get promoted. We’ll take it from there.”
His comments arguably echo those of his boss, who was asked about the forward’s future ahead of the clash with Reading.
“He’s such a committed lad,” Cooper said. “He will give you the same answer as me, I’m sure. Let’s just focus on these remaining games and not let any sideshow get involved.”