Wayne Routledge has signed a fresh one-year contract with Swansea City, just days after it appeared he had left the club.
The club confirmed on Thursday evening that the 34-year-old has put pen to paper on a contract extension, which means he will have spend nine years at the Liberty Stadium outfit.
Routledge became an integral figure in the second half of the season under Graham Potter after breaking back into the side during December. The winger made 26 appearances and scored five goals for the Swans as they secured a 10th-placed finish on their Championship return.
It had seemed Routledge was on his way out of South Wales after he was not named on the club’s retained list following the expiration of his contract, but he has now struck an agreement with the Swansea hierarchy after positive talks with club chairman Trevor Birch.
Swansea are searching for a new manager after Graham Potter left the club for Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, and Birch is clearly keen to ensure that Potter’s departure does not lead to player exodus.
This is extremely positive piece news for Swansea fans after a difficult week at the club.
Potter’s departure has once again cast doubts over the direction of the club, but it will be encouraging to know that Swansea will still be able to benefit from Routledge’s experience next season.
He was a key contributor as Swansea’s form picked up in the second half of the season, and it his experience will continue to be invaluable in a young squad.