McBurnie signs new contract

12th July
First team

Oli McBurnie has handed Swansea City a pre-season boost by signing a new long-term contract.

McBurnie’s previous Swans deal had been set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, but he has put pen to paper on a new three-year agreement – with the option of a fourth year – which will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until at least 2021.

The news is a big positive for Graham Potter’s men, for McBurnie has shown plenty of potential during three years as a Swan and impressed during a loan spell at Barnsley last season.

The 22-year-old’s form during his stint with Barnsley saw him win his first senior caps for Scotland.

His contribution to the Tykes’ cause – he scored nine times in just 17 appearances for a struggling team and was duly named player of the season at Oakwell – did not go unnoticed at other clubs.

However, new Swans boss Potter made it clear from the outset that he wanted McBurnie to stay on in South Wales.

And McBurnie is now looking forward to the challenge of nailing down a place in Potter’s team.

Having joined the Swans from Bradford City back in 2015, McBurnie has scored heavily at development level.

After loan spells at Newport County and Bristol Rovers, he was handed his senior Swans debut in August 2016, scoring twice in a League Cup win over Peterborough.

He made five substitute appearances in the Premier League in 2016-17 before making further strides last season.

McBurnie played 12 times for the Swans – starting twice in the top flight – before moving to Barnsley to get some regular football under his belt.

Having thrived in South Yorkshire, McBurnie will now hope to spearhead the Swans’ bid for an immediate return to the Premier League.