Swansea City have been a handed a significant boost after it emerged Wayne Routledge has signed fresh terms at the club ahead of next season.
The winger looked set to depart the Liberty Stadium this summer after his contract expired, but he has now been able to strike a deal with the Swans’ hierarchy to extend his deal by a further year.
The fresh agreement will see Routledge take his Swansea stay to nine years, after he joined the club in 2011 following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
The 34-year-old has been an integral figure throughout that time, and he made a significant contribution under Graham Potter last season as his five goals in 26 appearances helped Swansea secure a top-half Championship finish.
Swansea confirmed the contract extension via their Twitter account on Thursday evening:
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 23, 2019
The news was warmly welcomed by Swansea fans, with many relieved to have sealed Routledge’s services amid concerns the club may need to cut their wage bill this summer.
Many supporters expressed their delight at the winger’s new deal, while they recognised the importance that Routledge’s experience will have on the young side next season.
Here are some of their responses…
Absolutely delighted to see this. Fully deserved #Weezy
— Liam Cox (@LiamCox1) May 23, 2019
Birch is saving this club.
— Ben Church (@JackArmy_) May 23, 2019
Thank god for that!!
About time too, leaving him dangling around like that!!
Well done Wayne ????????
— ✨Nicky D✨ (@nickydee40) May 23, 2019
Me in my hotel room rn pic.twitter.com/SJeywHImsn
— Connor Roberts (@ConnorRobs) May 23, 2019
— paul beer (@paul195164) May 23, 2019
WE DONE SOMETHING GOOD
— Liam Beck (@BeckLiam) May 23, 2019
Deserved Pop. i am sure @oli_mcburnie and the boys will be chuffed.
— harry palmer (@harryhpalmer) May 23, 2019
Throughly deserved as well but how can a team resign or sign anyone while they are without a manager surely that’s not normal
— buddyhill (@buddyforengland) May 23, 2019