Little Britton agrees to extend his stay with Swansea after making big impact
08:18 GMT, 27 March 2012
Leon Britton agreed a new three-year contract extension at Swansea – and said leaving the Liberty Stadium for the majority of other clubs would be a sideways move.
The midfielder had just 15 months left on his current deal with the Premier League new boys and has now agreed to stay until at least the summer of 2015.
Britton has made and immediate impact in the top flight and is statistically the most accurate passer in the Premier League.
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The 29-year-old said: 'I’m delighted that we have agreed the deal. We shook hands on Friday and it’s just a case of the club drawing up the paperwork and getting the contract signed.
'The whole package of the club is great. We play football in a unique way and I think the players appreciate that.
'If you left Swansea to go to the majority of the other clubs in the Premier League, you wouldn’t enjoy it as much – you’d be taking a sideways step.
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'The manager and the lads here are fantastic, the training is great and it’s a good environment to be part of.
'You would be silly to leave unless it was one of the top four.'
Britton quit Swansea for Sheffield United in the summer of 2010, but returned to south Wales six months later.
Now he’s ready to spend the rest of his playing days for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
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Ex-West Ham trainee Britton added: 'It was a bad decision by me to leave, but it hasn’t worked out too badly since I came back to Swansea.
'I want to stay as long as I can – hopefully for the rest of my career if possible.'