Potential Bristol City catch Garry Monk: Player profile
Garry Monk could be a Bristol City backup if manager Derek McInnes fails in his bid to catch Coventry City defender Richard Keogh.
Making contingency plans in the face of stiff competition for Keogh, Monk features near the top of a list of alternative targets.
Monk is a long-standing Swansea City skipper, having joined the club at the start of the 2004/5 season.
He can play as a full back, central defender or central midfielder.
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The 33-year-old’s career began at Torquay United, where he was a trainee. At the end of the 1995/6 season he moved to Southampton, where he completed his training and turned professional in 1997.
Monk returned to Torquay on a brief loan stint in 1998, and immediately made his way into the first team squad. But he only featured sporadically in the months that followed.
He joined Stockport County on loan in September 1999, but didn't make his first appearance for Saints until January 2000.
A year later Monk was briefly loaned to Oxford United, before returning Southampton at the end of the 2000/1 season.
His next loan spell did not come until December 2002, when he played for Sheffield Wednesday for five months. Despite his best efforts, Monk could not stop the team being relegated to Division 2.
The then 24-year-old Monk spoke of his desire to make his move to Sheffield Wednesday a permanent one. He told Sky Sports: "Hopefully over the next couple of days we’ll sit down and have talks with Gordon Strachan. If things are sorted out, I’d be happy to move.”
But a permanent transfer failed to materialise, with Chris Turner telling Sky Sports: "I feel we have enough centre backs in the club and have to utilise the finances we have in other areas.”
Nevertheless, Monk went on to spend more time in Yorkshire, enjoying an impressive loan spell with Barnsley in November 2003. At that time Monk was down the pecking order at Southampton, and the club was willing to let him go out on loan for regular first team football.
His performance earned him a permanent offer from the club. Consequently he left Southampton to sign with Barnsley on a free transfer in February 2004.
But just a few months later Monk was on the move again, joining Swansea City on a free transfer in June 2004.
He played a vital role in the heart of defence as the Swans lifted the League One title, and was named club captain in 2006.
But a serious knee injury in the opening game of the campaign kept him out all season, and with his contract soon due to run out, his future appeared to be in doubt. But Monk made his comeback with the Reserves in the final weeks of the campaign.
On November 11, 2009, Monk signed a new three-year deal with Swansea, extending his stay until 2012.
Swansea’s promotion bid took a hit in November 2010 when Monk was ruled out for two months with a calf strain. But in May 2011 he spoke of his delight after Swansea gained promotion.
In July 2011 Monk was offered a new deal by Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers told the club's official website at the time: "Garry deserves a new contract". He added: “He is a wonderful captain - a great leader for us both on and off the field.”
Monk penned a new three-year contract in August 2011. However, it is understood that Monk's agent has already informed Bristol City's manager that the player could be available during this transfer window.