Britton delighted with Swansea stay

Leon Britton says he remains as hungry and motivated as ever after signing a new contract with Swansea.

The 34-year-old Swans captain, who is in his third spell with the club, initially joined on loan from West Ham in 2002.

His move was made permanent, and after six seasons and over 250 appearances later, Britton swapped Wales for Sheffield United.

But following just six months where he played under four managers in five, Britton acknowledged he had made a mistake in leaving Swansea and promptly engineered a return.

And since 2011 the former England under 16 international has been an integral part of the make-up of the club, who have now rewarded him with an improved one-year deal, with an option for a further 12 months.

Britton has also been guaranteed a place in the club's coaching structures when he decides to retire.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "I felt strong at the end of last season.

"Even when I wasn't playing, I was training well and keeping fit.

"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."

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins added: "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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