GERHARD Tremmel came close to quitting Swansea City in the summer, the German has revealed.
Tremmel will start the Premier League clash against Southampton today in the continued absence of last season’s player of the year Michel Vorm.
The Dutch goalkeeper could be out until Christmas after being stretchered off with a groin injury against Manchester City a fortnight ago.
However, Vorm’s misfortune has handed Tremmel his biggest chance yet since arriving at the Liberty in August 2011 — one he didn’t think was coming when he pondered his future only a few months ago.
“You do start to think like that because Michel and the team were doing so well, you wonder if you should go on,” he said. “If you’re not playing you cannot be satisfied.
“I was thinking about leaving, then Brendan (Rodgers) left. I really like Brendan and I really like the way he is — he’s a great manager.
“But for me, I saw a small opportunity with a new manager. Maybe he has a different way of thinking.
“That was why I decided to stay.”
Tremmel made his Swansea debut against Barnsley in the FA Cup last season, but appeared just twice more during that campaign.
Before being thrust into the spotlight two weeks ago, his only previous taste of top-flight football had come at Stoke when Vorm was ill.
“The thing is you don’t get rewarded at the weekend, although you work hard and train hard,” said the Munich-born keeper.
“But my attitude is that if I stop training 100 per cent, that might be a time when I need to play and I would not be in shape.
“I knew I would not start the season, there would be only one or two managers who would change goalkeepers after a season like the last.
“My intention was to show the gaffer in cup games he has an alternative and I wanted to come as far as possible in the cup as I knew I would play in those games.
“For it to end up as it is right now I am very pleased.
“You always have to go through hard times. There will be hard times and good times,” he added. “Now is a better time. I see this as a reward.
“In Germany we say that at the end you get what you deserve. At the end quality always comes through.”