Britton To Stay

A young Leon Britton celebrates in 2003 with Lenny Johnrose, Roberto Martinez  and club mascot Cyril the Swan at the Vetch Field.

The 34-year-old Leon Britton has today penned a new deal with the Swans, which sees the terms improved on his one-year contract and includes a further one-year option if he strikes an appearance clause.

Britton will remain at the Liberty after his playing days are over, with the Swans guaranteeing him a coaching role at the club in some capacity.

The midfielder made 18 appearances last season – the last five proved crucial as he played a pivotal role in the Swans picking up 13 points to help Paul Clement’s side secure their Premier League status.

Alan Tate, Garry Monk and Leon Britton of Swansea City celebrate winning the Championship Play-Off Final.

And Britton insists there is no chance of him slowing down as he gets set for his 16th season as a Swan.

“I felt strong at the end of last season. Even when I wasn’t playing I was training well and keeping fit,” said the fans favourite.

“If that wasn’t the case then I would know and I wouldn’t put myself through that. I would make sure I ended at the right time.

“The club has improved my terms for this season, but there is an option where I can have another year if I play a certain amount of games. So it’s potentially a two-year deal, but that depends on how many games I play.

“You have to plan and look to the future when you’re coming to the end of your career.

“I’ve done a bit of coaching and I’ve been on my Uefa B and A licence with the FAW, which I have enjoyed.

Swansea’s Leon Britton controls the ball

“My idea is to stay at the football club. I’ve spoken to the chairman and manager about the time when I do finish playing football and I can stay at the club as a coach.

“At the moment my main focus is as a player and giving everything in that respect.”

Britton, who first joined the Swans on loan from West Ham in December 2002.

The hugely popular fan favourite has made over 520 appearances for the club, having featured prominently in every division from the club’s rise from League Two.

Swansea’s Leon Britton is tackled by Forest’s Ian Breckin

“Leon has and still is a fantastic servant to this football club,” declared Swans chairman Huw Jenkins. “He is a model pro and we are very proud to say he is representing Swansea City.

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

“I hope this new contract paves the way for Leon to remain with us for many more years to come.”

 

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