|DENNIS HAILS SWANSEA'S PROMOTION|
|Dennis Lawrence has hailed Swansea City’s promotion as a career highlight to rank alongside going to the World Cup with Trinidad & Tobago.
Lawrence scored the goal which earned the Soca Warriors an unlikely World Cup appearance and remembers the trip to Germany 2006 as an event which gave hope to a nation.
But the big central defender insists he will look back on Swansea’s climb out of League One with just as much pride.
"Getting up to the Championship is right up there with the World Cup," Lawrence said.
"When you achieve something in football you have to enjoy it, and gaining promotion with Swansea is a massive achievement.
"It means a lot to the players, it means a lot to the fans and it means a lot to Swansea as a city. I’m delighted to have been part of the squad that’s got us there and it’s going to be a great memory to look back on for me."
Lawrence is one of a host of players who sees his Swansea contract expire this summer.
But he is refusing to contemplate the future — publicly at least — before Swansea have completed the task of wrapping up the title.
"When I left Wrexham to come here, I came because I could see the club was ambitious and I wanted to be part of the challenge to get promotion to the Championship," he added.
"Now we’ve done it I’m delighted with the way things have turned out.
"It’s a massive achievement and something to be very proud of, because a lot of players don’t achieve anything like this in a whole career.
"I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the Swansea squad which won promotion to the Championship.
"That’s absolutely fantastic, but now we’ve got over the line we need to make sure we go on and win the title as well."
Apart from Ferrie Bodde, whose groin injury could rule him out until next season, Lawrence is Swansea’s only injury concern ahead of Saturday’s potential title-clincher against Yeovil at the Liberty Stadium.
"Dennis felt his hamstring after Gillingham and we’ll have to assess him over the next few days," said boss Roberto Martinez.
"People don’t realise what he has gone through since he injured his knee at Crewe (in February).
"Dennis has pushed really hard to make himself available to play his part and that’s been important to us." (Swansea Evening Post, April 14, 2008)