Trip down memory lane for Leon
21st July 2013
As the Swans continued their pre-season preparations with victory at Exeter City, it proved a trip down memory lane for Leon Britton.
The midfielder made his Swans debut at St James Park in a 1-0 defeat in December, 2002.
Fast forward just over a decade and Britton and the Swans were back at the ground as Michael Laudrup's side took in their penultimate friendly before the Europa League campaign kicks off.
But it proved a special afternoon for Britton, who has been a vital part in the club's three promotions from League Two to the Barclays Premier League.
"I have fond memories of this ground," Britton said shortly after the final whistle. "It was my Swansea and Football League debut.
"It was a day I'll never forget. It was a cold December night, so it was totally different to this game as it was very warm out there. But I wouldn't have cared if it snowed on my debut, I was just desperate to get out onto the pitch and play senior football.
"When you look at both clubs at the time we were relegation rivals. Now we are in the Premier League, so it shows the great strides we have taken."
Britton came off the bench during this victory, which came courtesy of goals in each half from Nathan Dyer and Rory Donnelly.
It followed up Friday night's 5-0 win at Championship side Yeovil Town. And the 30-year-old admits the weekend was a hugely positive few days in terms of preparation.
"The last few days have been good for us," added Britton. "We can't look too much into the results, but the important thing is match sharpness and getting to know the new players."