Hanley happy to sign new Swans contract
15th April 2015
Swans youngster Raheem Hanley has signed a new one-year contract at the club.
The left-back, who has been a regular in the Swans' under-21s side this season, was due to see his previous contract come to an end this summer.
But Hanley, who joined the Swans on a free transfer following his release from Blackburn Rovers in January 2014, will now remain at the Liberty until June 2016 after earning himself a new deal at the Liberty.
The 21-year-old has been a key figure in the under-21s' Professional Development League Two South campaign, helping them to within touching distance of a play-off spot with two games remaining.
And he was happy to put pen to paper as he looks to continue his development at the Swans.
"I am delighted to sign a new deal here," he said. "I've really enjoyed my first full season at the club and I feel as though I have improved as a player.
"This is the first season in which I have been injury-free, so I've really benefited from playing regular football.
"The style of football here is perfect for me. As a full-back your first priority is obviously to defend, but we are encouraged to get forward and support the winger too, which is something I really enjoy.
"It's been a really pleasing season so far on a personal and team basis. We have a good chance of reaching the play-offs, which would be a big achievement for us."
He added: "I have been lucky enough to have trained with the first team. The opportunity gives you a real insight into how high the level is at this club.
"Training with the first team has certainly helped me. You pick up a lot of good things by watching them in sessions.
"I want to progress here, and I know there's a lot of hard work ahead for me."
Meanwhile, keeper David Cornell has returned to the club following a loan spell at Portsmouth. The 24-year-old joined Pompey on a one-month switch but was restricted to bench duty with Paul Jones preferred in goal.