Wayne Routledge signs new Swansea City contract
26th January 2017
Winger Wayne Routledge has signed a new contract at Swansea City to remain with the club until 2019.
Routledge's original deal was due to run out in the summer of next year, but both player and club have agreed to extend his stay at the Liberty.
The 32-year-old could also earn a further year if he meets an appearance-based clause in the 2018-19 season that would take his service to the club to nine years.
Routledge had played at nine different clubs - starting his career with Crystal Palace - before finding his way to South West Wales.
He has gone on to score 20 goals in 204 games since joining the Swans ahead of their first Premier League campaign in 2011.
Having enjoyed the most successful time of his career at the Liberty, Routledge admits signing a new deal was an easy decision.
"The club wanted me to stay here and I wanted to commit myself further. It was a no-brainer," said Routledge.
"There was recent interest from other clubs, but for me there wasn't really a decision to be made about my future here.
"For someone who has been at a lot of clubs and has moved around a lot, it's a nice feeling to have finally settled.
"I've been here since our first season in the Premier League and I'm personally very proud of what we have achieved so far. It's panned out so well.
"My daughter was born here, my family is set up here - we love it here.
"To have settled here, start a family and be happy in Swansea - that takes the weight off my mind when I'm on and off the pitch.
"The new contract could take me to nearly ten years at this club. It's been a really enjoyable time of my career and life, but hopefully there are more good times ahead."
Despite an underwhelming campaign to date, last weekend's victory over Liverpool - the club's first league win at Anfield - moved Paul Clement's side out of the relegation zone.
And Routledge believes that result is proof the Swans have the right ingredients to start moving further up the table.
"We are not in a great position right now, but we are working very hard each day to rectify that," he added.
"The result at Liverpool showed what we are capable of.
"Hopefully it can give us a boost and has set a platform for us to produce more performances like that to move up the table.
"We have only touched the surface of what we are capable."
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