Filip Lissah Signs First Professional Contract at Swansea City
Centre-back Filip Lissah has become the latest young player to sign a first professional contract at Swansea City, securing his future at the club until the end of June 2025.
The 17-year-old has been with Swansea City since the summer of 2021, after arriving in SA1 following a spell at Chelsea.
The versatile defender, who is currently sidelined with a hip injury, had been in the Blues academy since under-eight level.
The youngster also had a short trial at Derby County before making the move to join the Swans.
Lissah made the step up to under-21 level at the start of the 2022-23 season, making his competitive debut against Sheffield Wednesday in the opening fixture of the Professional Development League campaign.
Jack Chapman - head of recruitment at the academy played a significant role in bringing Filip to SA1 - and he praised Lissah's ability and character.
“When we came across Filip, it was evident that he had the footballing ability to be a part of Swansea City. The club values players who can retain possession, link the play through the pitch and do so with confidence," said Chapman.
"He had a strong foundation at his previous club during his more formative years, and we hoped that our environment would allow him to thrive.
"After a few conversations getting to know Filip’s mum, Irena, we knew that he came from a background where education and application were paramount. It’s a testament to them both that he has taken challenges in his stride since being with us at the club.
"As we know, there are lots of players with talent, but the character and consistency is what gives them a career in the game.
"I think we’ve seen in football many times before that when players get an early disappointment they can either lose faith or it can re-energise them for a fresh challenge.
"Filip has come here with the support of everyone at the academy to settle into a new city, develop his all-round game and start to put the pieces together of what his future could look like here.
"His hard work, day-to-day approach and ability have been recognised by senior members of staff at the club, and we wish him the best of luck upon signing his new contract.”