English Premiership

Williams extends Swansea stay

2014-07-04 14:51
Ashley Williams (AFP)

Cape Town - Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at the Welsh side until 2018, the Premier League club said on Friday.

The 29-year-old defender, who also captains Wales, had been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium but will remain at the club he joined in 2008 and helped gain promotion to the top-flight three seasons later.

"I'm delighted to sign a new contract at Swansea City," Williams told the club website.

"I've enjoyed fantastic success at this club and I want to keep helping Swansea City progress."

“It was great to get it all sorted so soon. We are in the third day of pre-season, so it allows me to fully concentrate on the football side of things.”

The Swans became the first Welsh team to join the Premier League since its formation in 1992. In their debut season they defeated Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester city at their homeground and eventually finished a respectable 11th position.

When Brendon Rodgers left the club in 2012 to manage Liverpool it saw Danish legend Micheal Laudrup to lead the club to a one of the clubs most successful seasons with winning the League Cup in 2013.

This year under the guidance of former player Garry Monk, who stepped in Swansea’s managerial shoes following the dismissal of Laudrup in February, the club is desperate to improve on a disappointing season which saw them finish in 12th position.

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