Leeds loan Swansea City Kyle Bartley
1st July 2016
Kyle Bartley has joined Championship side Leeds United on a season-long loan after signing a new contract at Swansea City.
Bartley, whose original contract was set to expire next summer, has signed an additional 12-month deal that will secure his future at the Liberty until June 2018.
The defender now links up with former Swans boss Garry Monk and assistant Pep Clotet at Elland Road, with Bartley to remain with Leeds for the entire campaign.
The 25-year-old will look to gain valuable game-time with the Yorkshire club, having made eight appearances last season as he competed alongside captain Ashley Williams, Federico Fernandez and Jordi Amat for a place in the heart of defence.
Bartley joins up with Monk's side ahead of their pre-season tour in Ireland on Sunday.
The Stockport-born defender began his youth career with Bolton, before joining Arsenal in 2007 to become part of the successful Premier Academy League and FA Youth Cup side in 2008-09.
Highly-rated, he went on to skipper the Reserves at the Emirates and made one senior appearance in the Champions League against Olympiakos in 2009.
Later that season he was part of the Sheffield United side that beat the Swans at Bramall Lane, and again the following campaign as the Blades won 1-0 on home soil.
After a second temporary stint at Sheffield United, Bartley spent 2011-12 in the Scottish Premier League on loan at Rangers as he gained further experience.
Upon joining the Swans, Bartley also enjoyed a successful spell with Championship side Birmingham City, scoring three goals in 17 league appearances for the Blues.
Everyone at Swansea City would like to wish Kyle good luck at Leeds for the rest of the season.
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