Leon targeting another five years
LEON Britton is targeting at least five more years as a Swansea City player — then he hopes for a coaching position with the club.
The long-serving midfielder is set to make his 400th appearance when Reading visit the Liberty this afternoon.
Aside from a brief sabbatical spent at Sheffield United two seasons ago, Britton has been with Swansea for nearly a decade.
And that is where he wants to finish his career, though not for a few years yet.
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"To play 400 games for this football club will be something to be very proud of," said Britton who has turned out a further seven times in the FAW Premier Cup.
"It's been a great nine or ten years that I've been here. It's been such an enjoyable time.
"But I've always aimed for 500 games, that's something I've thought about for the last three or four years.
"I feel fit, I live my life right off the pitch and I've only just turned 30 so it's hard to say how long I've got left. I guess it just depends where the football club is at and how well we keep doing.
"I'd like to feel that I could go on until I was at least 35 but whether or not I'll be good enough for the Swans we'll have to wait and see.
"Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are great role models and nowadays in football if you look after yourself properly you have a great chance of going into your mid to late 30s."
So, the former West Ham youngster does not expect to hang up his boots anytime soon.
But when that day comes, Britton wants to join the Liberty backroom team.
"I'm still thinking about what I can do as a player but when I do finish I still want to be part of Swansea," he said.