New deal a "no-brainer" for Wayne
25th September 2014
Wayne Routledge has revealed his decision to sign a new contract at Swansea City was "a no-brainer".
The winger has penned a one-year extension which will see him part of the Swans squad until the summer of 2018.
Routledge has flourished at the Liberty following his move from Newcastle United in August 2011, scoring 13 goals in 127 appearances in all competitions.
And the 29-year-old is delighted to have committed his future to a club which he feels has the "whole package".
"It was a simple decision for me," said Routledge. "Once I found out about the option to extend it was a no-brainer.
"I'm happy to have that extra year at the club. This club is on the up and we are going places.
"We have two new brilliant training facilities, a lovely stadium and a manager and staff who are prepared to put in a lot of hard work and effort to get us where we all want to be.
"It's the whole package, and it's a good fit.
"I came here when the club just got into the Premier League and it's been a great journey so far.
"We've grown and grown, and I still think we are growing."
Since Routledge's move to SA1 three years ago, the winger's performances have led to talk of a possible national call-up.
And the former England Under-21 international has saluted the platform in which the Swans have given him in order to develop his game.
"I've learned a lot about myself as a person and as a footballer," added Routledge, who has been a key figure for the Swans in his time in South Wales. "I think I've progressed with the more games I play.
"Here, you have to be on the ball. If you're not performing up to standard then there's always someone that can come in and do the job.
"You have to be prepared to work, put the hard yards in and play the type of football the fans here are accustomed to."