Leon Britton is ready to battle for his place at Swansea City
19th August 2015
Leon Britton will keep fighting for his place at Swansea City after revealing he's set to stay at the club for the foreseeable future.
The midfielder came off the bench to make his first appearance of the season in the Swans' 2-0 win over Newcastle at the Liberty last weekend.
Britton was given a huge ovation by the home crowd while warming up on the touchline before the fan-favourite replaced Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 84th minute, with the Jack Army rising to their feet to welcome him onto the pitch.
The 32-year-old's future seemed uncertain over the summer as he faced competition for game-time from Jack Cork, Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung-Yueng, Gylfi Sigurdsson and youngster Matt Grimes.
But he revealed he's set to stay in SA1 following positive talks with Swans boss Garry Monk.
"I spoke to the manager about two weeks ago and it was decided that the best thing for me was to stay here," said Britton. "It looks like I'll be staying here and I'm delighted with that.
"I've always said the first place I want to play is here at Swansea. Maybe things will change a bit and I can be involved a bit more, which would be great.
"Just pulling on the shirt and seeing the Swans badge put a big smile on my face."
Britton admitted he was amazed by the ovation he was given by the Jack Army while warming up on the touchline during the game, on top of the response to his 86th-minute introduction to the game.
"I've said all along that the fans have always been great to me," he said. "The reaction I got when I was warming up was something special. It doesn't matter how many times they do it, it gives me goosebumps every time and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
"It's such a good feeling to hear the support they have for me.
"It has been a difficult time for myself because I wasn't too sure what was going to happen. But their support really underlines the special relationship we share, and it typifies how amazing they are."
Goals from Bafe Gomis and Andre Ayew handed Monk's men victory last weekend, while Daryl Janmaat was sent off for Newcastle before the break.
And Britton was full of praise for the professional performance put in by the hosts, who travel to Sunderland on Saturday.
"It was great to get out on the pitch," he added. "The lads put in a fantastic performance and we got the job done.
"Four points from the first two games is a really encouraging start."
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