The Swansea fans lamenting their dismal loss to Hull City in the Transfer Tavern have finally been handed some good news in a summer of change at the Liberty Stadium.
That’s because, as reported by the club’s official website, central midfielder Leon Britton has agreed a one-year contract extension.
Upon hearing the news, the Welsh locals propping up the bar are waxing poetic about the midfield maestro, with some of the younger punters having grown up watching him dictate tempo in the engine room.
The 33-year-old has been a stalwart in South Wales since joining the Swans, initially on loan, back in 2002.
Having reached the 500 competitive game landmark for the club halfway through last season, the former West Ham youngster will now embark on yet another Premier League campaign.
Now under the stewardship of Francesco Guidolin, he accepts that first-team appearances may well be fleeting this season.
“Looking forward, I know my role will change a little bit in terms of not playing as regularly as I have done over the years,” Britton said to the club’s official site.
“I have spoken to the manager about that and I understand it. I have said to him that I am ready to start, to come on or just to be involved in the squad and trying to help the other players.
Despite spending a year with Sheffield United during the 2010-11 season, he returned to Wales in time for their first ever promotion to the top flight.
Amid the influx of vast funds into English football, the ex-England under-16 international has proved a constant under a succession of managers.
He was part of the Jack Army that won the League Cup back in 2013, marking their first ever major trophy in English football, beating Bradford 5-0 at Wembley.
Such is the nature of his emotional weight amongst our Swansea supporting punters, it’s all we can do to stop them dancing on the pool tables!
“Signing the extension was a very easy decision, like most of my contracts at Swansea have been,” he added.
“I spoke to the chairman and said if you are happy to have me, let’s just keep the same terms. I think it’s one of the easiest contracts the club have ever drawn up.
“If you include the loan deals when I first came, I have now signed 13 contracts at Swansea.”
Our landlord here in the Tavern feels that Leon Britton is part of the furniture at Swansea, and says he is a player that still has superb ability, even at the age of 33!
Swansea City fans…. Are you delighted? Does it at all soften the blow of losing Ashley Williams? Let us know your thoughts below!
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