Thursday 29 June 2017

Leon Britton Deal is Great News for Swans and Player's Future

News of Leon Britton signing a year’s contract extension with the Swans is excellent news.

Britton is undoubtedly a club legend having played over 520 games for the club and remains key figure even if his appearances are limited. The 34-year-old first ran out for the swans some 16-years ago during a loan spell before signing permanently in 2003. The midfielder then of course spent seven memorable years with the Jacks before leaving for Sheffield United.

However, Britton didn’t stay away that easily and just a year later, returned and was part of the Swans’ great rise to the Premier League, the rest is history. The Englishman made just 18 appearances last season but played a key part in that end of season run in where the Jacks went five games unbeaten to retain a top flight status. Still a great passer of the ball and excellent at winning it back, Britton is the perfect experienced player to keep heads calm when trying to hang on for the win and it’s no surprise that he’s looking to go into coaching for there is no-one more suited.
Of his contract extension, Britton said: “I am very happy. Everyone knows how much the club means to me.

"I just spoke with the chairman and it was just a five-minute conversation phone call and everything was agreed."

Britton has already started his coaching badges and the new deal guarantees Britton a coaching role with the Jacks following his retirement from playing. The 34-year-old has been completing his coaching badges with the Football Association of Wales.
The new deal also guarantees Britton a coaching role at Swansea after he retires from playing. He has been doing his coaching badges with the Football Association of Wales.

He said: “It (coaching) is something I spoke to the chairman and manager about. There is maybe an opportunity when I decide to finish my playing time at Swansea the club will keep me on in some capacity.

"It is still something to speak about later on down the line but we have had discussions about. At the moment I am focusing on the football side of things and when that finishes we will sit down and see what the club are thinking.

"I have done the B licence and the A licence with the FAW the season just gone."

Huw Jenkins recognised his services. The chairman paid tribute to our beloved club stalwart: "Leon has been and still is a fantastic servant to this football club," said Jenkins. 

"He is a model pro and we are very proud he is representing Swansea City. I hope this new contract paves the way for Leon to remain with us for many more years to come.

"He has made a tremendous contribution to this club, both on and off the pitch, over the last 15 years."

It would be excellent to see Britton’s services recognised even further with a testimonial somewhere down the line.

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