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#9 - Scotland in his Swansea daysJason Scotland has revealed his regret at leaving Swansea City and says hes not the only player who wished theyd stayed a Swan.

A goalscoring hero at the Liberty, Scotland walked away from South Wales at the start of last season to join ex-boss Roberto Martinez in the Premier League with Wigan.

It was an opportunity the striker still says he could not refuse.

But, after a nightmare time in the top flight, an experience in which an honest Scotland says he let Martinez down, the 31-year-old now casts doubt on whether he should have brought an end to his free-scoring exploits at Swansea.

And as he prepares to face his former club for the first time this weekend, the current Ipswich striker suggests he is not alone in his regret.

I had to take the chance but I do regret leaving, said Scotland, who left the Swans in a £2m deal in August last year having hit an impressive 53 goals in two seasons.

I think thats the same for others. You speak to other guys and whether its now or two years down the line I think theyd miss what we had there because the standard of football we played was so amazing.

I enjoyed the football, my family loved it in Swansea, my kids loved it, I never really wanted to go but when the offer came in I needed to go and prove myself.

Scotland accepts that didnt work out as planned as a horrific time in front of goal followed, an experience stark in its contrast to his do-no-wrong time at Swansea.

But Scotlands sincerity suggests he would have rued the move regardless of top-flight fortunes, perhaps a nod to under-appreciating the platform he had to thrive with the Swans.

Others to have followed suit in leaving the Liberty include Jordi Gomez and Leon Britton, both still admitting they are yet to recapture Swansea form at their new homes at Wigan and Sheffield United respectively.

And, albeit before Scotlands time, Lee Trundle has recently revealed his regret at quitting the club for Bristol City.

It could be seen as a message for several current Swansea stars alerting the attentions of Premier suitors, although the fact Scotland reiterates the fact he had to leave when the big-time came calling represents the problem for the club as they impress at the top end of the Championship without the certainty of promotion to bring the footballing and financial rewards.

Yet those rewards were short-lived for Scotland after his move. After hitting 24 goals in his first Championship season, only one league goal came for the Soca Warrior while in Wigan colours, even shaving his trademark dreadlocks bringing no new luck for him as a Lactic.

And, while known for his warm, Caribbean smile during his Swans days, Scotland admits struggling to deal with his DW Stadium experience.

It was tough for me, he said. I just didnt score enough. It was getting me down and after games Id go home and just be thinking that I hadnt scored.

The gaffer didnt put any pressure on me; hed tell me he hadnt lost any faith in me and Graeme Jones was brilliant, theyd just keep telling me to do the right things.

But I would just think about not scoring all the time and I was putting pressure on myself which didnt help.

Even if I was playing well, as a striker its all about finding the net and when youre not doing that youre really not doing your job.

Having been so clinical in the Championship, it took Scotland 21 games before finding the net in the north west, another 12 before he followed up that FA Cup strike against Notts County with a first Premier League goal.

With Wigan taking their time to adapt under Martinez, Scotland was given little sympathy by supporters who perhaps unfairly saw him as out-of-his-depth.

Perhaps it wouldnt have been so bad if the team was doing really well and others were scoring and I was helping in different ways, he added. But the team needed me to be scoring and I wasnt doing it so it got on top of me.

Roberto brought me to Wigan and I felt like I was letting him down. There was a lot of expectation from others and there was a lot of expectation from myself and when I wasnt scoring, no matter what he said, I felt let Roberto down.

Scotland admits he never recovered from his fairly fruitless first season, jumping at the opportunity to rediscover his touch with the Tractor Boys.

Although boss Roy Keane seems intent in chopping and changing his frontline, Scotland has shown he can be a success once more alongside the likes of young England prospect Connor Wickham, one-time Swansea target Tamas Priskin and, more recently, fellow former Swan Rory Fallon.

Indeed, many Swans supporters feel his ability to lead the line in their system should have seen boss Brendan Rodgers go after the frontman, although it is understood the club opted against bringing him back to the Liberty for a variety of reasons.

Instead, he will line up against former team-mates at Portman Road with some of the old confidence back and fully expecting Swansea to continue imposing themselves on the division.

I wanted to prove myself again and I was prepared to go back to the Championship to do it, said Scotland on his move to Suffolk, a switch thats seen him score five times in 15 starts.

The challenge is there for me personally and to get the team up into the play-offs and pushing for the Premier League.

If we do, then Swansea will be there too. They are still playing that good football.