Kyle Naughton signs new Swansea City contract
Kyle Naughton has put pen to paper on his new one-year contract extension at Swansea City.
The 33-year-old defender had agreed the terms on his new deal last week, but he has now signed on the dotted line until the end of June 2023, and will bring up eight years in Swans colours having first joined from Tottenham in January 2015.
Naughton recently made his 250th appearance for the club, and has enjoyed an outstanding season under head coach Russell Martin, proving a key figure in the aggressive, possession-based style of play that has been implemented.
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“I’m so pleased. A lot of people questioned the position he was playing in the team early on, but we knew how important he would be,” Swans boss Martin had said when the deal was agreed.
“I played with him, so I knew how good a footballer he is. He was a young man when I played with him at Norwich.
“He came on loan, and he’s so mature, intelligent, relaxed but focused. His mentality is brilliant.
“He is well respected by the other players – they appreciate how good he is. They’ll [team mates] speak about him in glowing terms.
“Sometimes the more senior player, the more scar tissue they have from their career.
“The way we play can be really difficult. You have to be open to being a little bit vulnerable, to make some mistakes, sometimes in front of many thousands of people, which is not easy.
“To overcome that and battle against that and ride through it, he’s been incredible.
“When people see him at 33 taking on new ideas, it’s so easy to transmit it to the other players
“I speak about him and [Matt] Grimes in particular because they are experienced, they’re battle hardened, they’ve played in the Championship for a long time. For them to take it on, it makes our job so much easier with the rest of the players.
“I love Kyle, we love working with him, we all do. He has no ego, he is unassuming and just a brilliant person. The fact he wants to stay and the club have recognised how important he is, it’s really positive for us.”