Ashley Williams 'delighted' to sign one-year Swansea City extension
ASHLEY Williams has described Swansea City as “a great place to be” after signing a one-year contract extension at the Liberty.
The Welsh international captain has handed Michael Laudrup’s men a huge boost by agreeing the new deal, which keeps him at the Liberty until the summer of 2015.
“I’m delighted to get it signed,” said Williams, who has skippered Swansea this season in the absence of Garry Monk.
“It’s dragged on a bit, but I’m happy to finally sign and be part of this team.
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“I’m enjoying it here — it’s a great place to be at the moment.
“If we continue to work as hard as we have been, we will continue to go forward as a team and a club.”
Williams has been a huge success story for Swansea since signing from Stockport back in 2008 in a deal which was eventually worth around £500,000.
That proved to be one of the smartest transfer moves made in Swansea’s history, for Williams has been a hugely consistent performer in the white shirt ever since.
“I still remember signing on loan for the club on the last minute of deadline day back in 2008,” Williams added. “I arrived at the stadium late, signed the contract on the bonnet of my car and the club secretary had to run up the stairs to fax it off.
“I would never have believed it would turn out this way for me or the club.
“To captain my club, country and play week-in, week-out in the Premier League is what dreams are made of.
“I’ve enjoyed every year I’ve been here.
“It’s always been different, normally with a change of manager, but what has stayed the same is the closeness of the squad. One of the best things about playing here is the players.
“They are a great bunch and I look forward to going into training every day.”
Williams has made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes this season, and admits he has been struggling for full fitness after an ankle problem.
But the 28-year-old is one of Swansea’s most influential players and will be central to their chances of success under Laudrup this season.
A dominant, pacy defender who is comfortable on the ball, he has hardly missed a game for Swansea in the last four seasons. Williams follows goalkeeper Michel Vorm, another of Swansea’s key men, in extending his contract this season.
Swansea are also in talks with injured left-back Neil Taylor over a new agreement.
Meanwhile, Swansea are thought to be keeping tabs on Aberdeen starlet Ryan Fraser.
Sources in Scotland have indicated that Swansea had a man at Aberdeen’s game with Dundee United over the weekend to check on 18-year-old Fraser.
Fraser was named young player of the month in the Scottish Premier League in September having burst on to the first-team scene this season.