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Leon Britton


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            Britton
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  • Debut: Dec 14, 2002: Exeter (a) Division 3
  • Nationality: England
  • Nickname: Britts
  • Date of birth: 16/09/1982
  • Height: 5ft 4ins
  • Weight: 10st 1lb

Club legend Britton first joined the Swans on loan from West Ham way back in December 2002 before making the move permanent the following summer.
He very quickly became a favourite among Swans fans as he played a central role in the club’s successful bid to avoid relegation to the Conference.

He continued to impress despite being switched from the centre of midfield to the right flank by Kenny Jackett, helping the Swans win promotion from League Two in 2005.

Roberto Martinez shifted Britton back to his more familiar central role, and the London-born star played a key role as the club romped to the League One title in 2007.

Britton took the step up to the Championship in his stride but, after two seasons playing in the second tier, opted to join Sheffield United on a free transfer when his contract expired in 2010.

However, he would return after only half a season in Yorkshire – and admitted he should never have left the Swans.

Britton quickly re-established himself as a key man at the Liberty, helping Brendan Rodgers’s team win promotion to the Premier League and then making his name as a top-flight player.

One of the few Swans to wear the white shirt in all four divisions, Britton became club captain following Ashley Williams’s departure in 2016.

He has made well over 500 Swans appearances and, though his opportunities were limited at times in 2016-17, he returned to the side in the closing weeks of the season and played a pivotal role in ensuring Paul Clement’s team avoided relegation to the Championship.

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