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Monk warming up for Swansea City in 2005
|Full name||Garry Alan Monk|
|Date of birth||6 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Bedford, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Swansea City
|1998||→ Torquay United (loan)||6||(0)|
|1999||→ Stockport County (loan)||2||(0)|
|2001||→ Oxford United (loan)||5||(0)|
|2002–2003||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||15||(0)|
|2003–2004||→ Barnsley (loan)||14||(0)|
|2014–||Swansea City (interim player-manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:07, 7 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Garry Alan Monk (born 6 March 1979) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Swansea City and is currently the club's interim player-manager. He has played for England at the Under-17 level.
Born in Bedford, Monk began his career as a trainee with Torquay United, making five appearances during the 1995–96 season, whilst still a trainee. At the end of that season he moved to Southampton to complete his apprenticeship and turned professional with The Saints in May 1997.
Monk returned to Torquay on loan in September 1998 and on returning to the Dell, immediately broke into the first team squad, making his first team début against Derby County on 28 November 1998 in place of the injured Ken Monkou. In September 1999, he had a loan spell at Stockport County, before being recalled to the first team for two matches in January 2000.
He later had a loan spell at Oxford United (in January 2001), but was recalled from Oxford by Glenn Hoddle owing to an injury crisis amongst the Southampton defenders. In May 2001, he started in both of the last two home games at The Dell, against Manchester United and Arsenal, both of which resulted in victories.
Monk had a longer loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday (from December 2002 to 20 March) with a view to a permanent transfer, which failed to materialise after Wednesday's relegation to Division Two. He eventually left the Saints in February 2004, signing for Barnsley on a free transfer, having been on loan for the previous three months. He struggled to settle in at Oakwell, scoring once against Bristol City in the FA Cup, and moved to Swansea City on a free transfer in June 2004.
Monk helped the Swans to promotion in his first season and the League One play-offs in his second. In August 2006, following the release of Roberto Martínez, it was announced he would become the captain for the forthcoming season. Monk had already deputised for Martínez during the previous campaign as the Spanish midfielder fell out of favour with manager Kenny Jackett, most notably in the play-off final defeat to Monk's former club Barnsley. However, just two games into the 2006–07 season, he picked up a cruciate ligament injury in an innocuous-looking challenge with Scunthorpe striker Andy Keogh, which ruled him out for the whole campaign and with his contract running out at the end of the season his future was in doubt.
Monk returned to the team at the beginning of the 2007–08 season as skipper, captaining the Swans to promotion to the second tier of English Football for the first time in 24 years. Monk lifted his first piece of silverware as Swansea captain as the team sealed promotion as League One Champions with a club record 92 points.
The 2008–09 season brought Monk a new central defensive partner in Ashley Williams, signed from Stockport County towards the end of the previous campaign, as Alan Tate was dropped from the side. Good performances came thick and fast as the Swans impressed in their first season back in the Championship, finishing 8th.
The 2009–10 season was not the best for Monk, who played only 22 games across the campaign due to injuries and suspensions as the Swans missed out on a Championship play-off place on the final day of the season. Following Paulo Sousa's exit to join Championship rivals Leicester City, Monk criticised his former manager, saying his tactics and training methods were not good enough. Monk's 2012 autobiography Loud, Proud and Positive would later reveal that the Portuguese manager and his captain rarely saw eye to eye.
The 2010–11 season started well, as Monk played every game until picking up an injury against Colchester United in the FA Cup on 8 January 2011. Monk would soon return to the side, however, and captain the Swans to a place in the Premier League via a Championship Play-off Final win against Reading. Monk's contribution would be rewarded with a new three-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2014.
On 6 February 2013, Monk signed a one-year contract extension at Swansea, keeping him at the club until June 2015.
Later that month, Monk won the first major trophy of his career as Swansea, under manager Michael Laudrup, beat Bradford City 5-0 in the 2013 League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. Monk lifted the cup together with Ashley Williams after coming on as a second-half substitute.
After making only 15 appearances in the 2012/13 season, Monk admitted on 15 July 2013 that "the time was right to pass the [captain's] armband," which was handed over to Ashley Williams, the player who had worn it in Monk’s absences during the previous two years.
On 4 February 2014, Monk was appointed by chairman Huw Jenkins as interim player-manager following the sacking of manager Michael Laudrup. His first game in charge was the South Wales Derby on 8 February against Cardiff City, which Swansea won 3-0.
- As of 31 December 2013.
^a The 2005-06 and 2010–11 League totals both include three play-off appearances.
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- League Cup: 2012–13
- Football League One: 2007–08
- Football League Trophy: 2005–06
- Football League Championship Play-Offs: 2010–11
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- "Garry Monk agrees new Swansea City contract". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
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- Swansea's Ashley Williams takes over captaincy from veteran Garry Monk | Mail Online
- BBC Sport - Swansea sack Michael Laudrup and place Garry Monk in charge
- Lovejoy, Joe (9 February 2014). "Garry Monk off to dream start as Swansea put Cardiff in further trouble". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
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