Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton has penned a new three-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League side.

Britton has played a huge part in Swansea’s success since the club were promoted to the top flight and has made the transition from operating under Brendan Rodgers to Michael Laudrup seamlessly.

And the 30-year-old could not be happier, with the handing out of a new deal by the club a real boost for a player who desperately wants to finish his career at the Welsh giants.

"I’m delighted. I know I’ve said it before, but I would love nothing more than to finish my career here", he told his club’s official site.

"It’s been my life for the last 10 years, apart from a six month sabbatical at Sheffield United, of course, and there’s no other place I’d rather be playing my football.


"I never expected things to turn out the way they have when I returned from Sheffield two years ago. The club was in the Championship at the time and there was certainly no guarantee of promotion. But we went straight up into the Premier League, have established ourselves in our second season and we are now looking forward to our first major cup final."

Britton made his 400th appearance for Swansea against Reading earlier this season and is determined to push on, with the magical 500 number now firmly within reach.

"The target for me has always been 500 appearances", he said.

"That will really be something special for me."

The midfielder was developed in the youth ranks at Arsenal before heading to West Ham United.

He first landed at Swansea in December 2002, initially on loan.

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