Injured Swansea Star Handed Long Term Contract

Neil Taylor, Swansea defender

Swansea left back Neil Taylor has signed a new three and a half year deal at the Welsh club and is now contracted until the summer of 2016.

Taylor broke and dislocated his ankle in three places in September early on in a home game with Sunderland and will definitely not play again this season.

Despite the injury, Swansea have been quick to tie down the talented Welsh international to a long term stay at the Liberty Stadium as Michael Laudrup builds a strong squad in South Wales.

Taylor has admitted that he had doubts over his long term future when he was stretchered off three months ago, but he has praised the clubs chairman for sticking to his word and backing the team and players all the way.

Taylor also believes that ensuring safety and having a third consecutive year in the Premier League, for a club like Swansea, is a fantastic achievement and one that he is delighted to be part of.

“We spoke about a new contract before I broke my ankle, but when something like that happens you do wonder what will be,” Taylor told Sky Sports.

“But in fairness to the chairman (Huw Jenkins) he texted me the day after the injury and told me not to worry about the contract. Full credit to the club, they have been as good as their word.

“Both myself and the club are happy with it. I see my long-term future here – everything is right for me.

“I love the style of football, the area and the fans, who have been great to me. And, more importantly, my family is happy here.

“The club is still on the rise. To reach the dizzy heights of seventh or eighth in the Premier League is amazing, especially when you consider where the club was just seven years ago.

“I am convinced we will still be in the Premier League next season. For a club like ours to have three consecutive campaigns at this level will an unbelievable achievement.”