Leon Britton is perfect example to others, says Swansea City manager Garry Monk
5th June 2014
Swansea City boss Garry Monk has labelled Leon Britton as the perfect example to others after the midfielder signed a contract extension at the Liberty.
Britton put pen to paper on a new one-year deal which means he will be at the club until June 2017.
The 31-year-old, who first joined the Swans on loan from West Ham in December 2002, has featured in all four divisions for the club while lifting the Football League Trophy and Capital One Cup.
A key figure in the club's progression, Britton managed 34 times last season as the Swans finished 12th in the Barclays Premier League and reached the last 32 of the Europa League.
And Monk, installed as permanent manager last month, hailed Britton's impact at the Liberty and underlined the importance of tying down his future in SA1.
"The main thing with Leon's contract is that he deserves it," said Monk. "It's not a sentimental thing or anything like that.
"The way he plays, the effort he puts in every day - he is an example to others in the squad.
"It's massive for us to get Leon's contract sorted out because he is such an important player.
"And hopefully, Ash will follow suit, because he is another one who is vitally important to us going forward.
"These are players who represent all the values that are good about Swansea City.
"They have played a huge part in the success we've had and we want them here for the future as well.
"Younger players and players we bring into the club need to look at players like Ash and Leon and see how they work.
"They can help educate the players we bring in.
"They can show them what it means to play for Swansea City."