Britton looking to “go back to enjoying football” after sealing shock Reds move
Swansea City legend Leon Britton says he wants to “go back to enjoying football” after signing for Welsh Premier League strugglers Llanelli Town.
Britton, 36, comes out of retirement after initially hanging up his boots in May; following Swansea City’s relegation from the Premier League.
Commenting on his arrival at Stebonheath Park, the midfielder said:”I’m delighted to be here. I’m looking forward to working with Andy and the team as soon as possible.”
Llanelli’s capture has sent shockwaves through the Welsh domestic football scene, with many suggesting that the signing of Britton is the biggest in the 26-year history of the Welsh Premier League
Britton made clear what needs to be done, and what he’s looking to get out of the move: “The task at hand is to help the team push up the table and I want to go back to enjoying football.”
Having had a largely successful time with the Swans, including promotions, a League Cup win and playing Europa League football, Britton admitted his final years at the club weren’t easy: “The last couple of years at the Swans was difficult.”
The former Arsenal youth player will be looking to call on his experience of battling at the bottom of the table, as the Reds look to avoid relegation from the top flight: “I’ve experienced relegation battles. They’re always tough but hopefully I can use the experience I have to try and help the team.”
The ex-West Ham United man revealed that he first held talks with the West Wales club in the summer: “I’ve been speaking since last summer. I didn’t think it was right for me. In the last ten days/two weeks we’ve been speaking quite regular.
I felt it was the right time for me to get back into football. The last couple of weeks we’ve had talks on how the club will move forward, I want to be part of that.”
Britton will be in the Llanelli squad for tomorrow’s crunch game against relegation rivals Llandudno.
(Featured image: Ronnie Macdonald)