Britton wants to end career with Swansea

23 Aug

Leon Britton in action for Swansea against Burnley


Leon Britton played in Swansea’s opening Premier League win over Burnley

Midfielder Leon Britton says he wants to finish his career with Swansea City.

Britton has played 514 games for the Welsh club since first joining on loan in 2002 and has agreed a contract extension until 2018.

“I think in an ideal that is what I am looking to do, end my career here, Swansea is my home now,” he told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

“I would retire here unless something comes up that was really suitable for me and my family.”

The 33-year-old did not rule out reaching the 600 game landmark for the Swans.

“Getting up to 600 appearances for the club might be a big ask, but you have always got to have targets,” said Britton.

“If you include the loan deals when I first came, I have now signed 13 contracts at Swansea.

“You never know, there might be a 14th – it’s down to me to try to prove I can still do a job. “

Britton wants to remain with the club even once his playing days are over.

“If I wasn’t to get another contract after this one, maybe I would end up staying at the football club in some capacity other than the playing side,” he said.

Britton missed Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Hull City with illness but made his 514th appearances in the 1-0 win at Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premeir League season.

“Looking forward, I know my role will change a little bit in terms of not playing as regularly as I have done over the years,” he added.

“I have spoken to the manager about that and I understand it. I have said to him that I am ready to start, to come on or just to be involved in the squad and trying to help the other players.

“But I still feel fresh, I still train well and I still feel I can get around the pitch, so I think there is life in me yet.”

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