Trunds signs for Swans again
25th June 2013
Fans favourite Lee Trundle will be back at the Liberty Stadium next season after agreeing to become Swansea City's first official 'Club Ambassador'.
Trunds has agreed to fill an exciting new role with the club that will see him work with the current squad on community and charity commitments, host matchday hospitality and become part of the Academy coaching set-up.
A cult hero with Swans fans everywhere, the former Swans striker with the showman's touch and appetite for the spotlight, became the most talked-about name outside the Premier League as he grabbed the attention of football fans nationwide.
His outrageous skills, tricks and finishing prowess in a Swans shirt was made famous by Soccer AM, and his cheeky smile was never far from the spotlight as he went from a non-league hopeful to million pound star.
Having joined the Swans from Wrexham in 2004, he scored 91 goals for the club in 194 appearances spanning two separate spells that was interrupted by a £1m move to Bristol City in 2007 - the club's most expensive transfer at the time.
Now, after a spell with Neath in the Welsh Premier League, Preston and Marine, he is back in a move that will no doubt delight Swans fans who have always held the Scouser close to their hearts.
"I'm very excited about the new role,'' declared Trundle. "Ever since I left the club for Bristol City way back in 2007 I always said that I wanted to come back at some stage in any capacity.
"There is an even bigger buzz at the club and throughout the city now with the club in the Barclays Premier League.
"Football is everything I know and love and to stay involved in the game is fantastic. To do that at Swansea is even better.
"I've always had an amazing relationship with the fans, on and off the field, better than anywhere else I've been.
"Nobody has touched my heart more than Swans fans and to work closely again with them in the community and on matchdays is going to be an amazing experience for me. It's going to be a pleasure.''
Swans chairman, Huw Jenkins, added. "Lee was a great player and ambassador for this football club when he was here.
"I know what the club means to him and how much the fans adore him so we are all delighted to welcome him back in this new role.
"It's an interesting new role that will coincide with an exciting schools and community initiative we will be announcing soon.''
While the club ambassador role will come naturally to Trunds, he knows he will have to cut his teeth for the first time on the training ground coaching the club's promising kids from the age of nine to 19.
"Coaching was always something I wanted to do when I hung up my playing boots for the last time,'' he added.
"Working with the youngsters will provide me with a good grounding and I'm looking forward to learning from the current coaches at the club.
"If I can pass on some of my knowledge to the kids to make them better players for the future, then I'll be more than happy.''
Something of a coaching novice he may be, but there will only be one person the kids will turn to when they need to learn a trick or two!