Swansea City's Alan Tate: This is my club - and I'm not about to quit
ALAN Tate is pledging to do all he can to force his way into Michael Laudrup's Swansea City plans, declaring: "This is my club — I won't quit."
Tate is back in the fold at the Liberty Stadium after spending two months playing Championship football on loan at Leeds United.
There had been talk of Tate's temporary stint at Elland Road being extended until the end of the season, but Leeds boss Neil Warnock let the 30-year-old return to Swansea to free up funds to strengthen his squad elsewhere.
Now Tate, who is feeling fully fit for the first time since breaking his leg in August 2011, is determined to reclaim a place in the first-team picture at the Liberty. Tate has a testimonial game to look forward to in the summer, and he still has two-and-a-half years — plus the option of another 12 months — to run on his Swansea contract.
And he is ready to dig in and do battle for a chance to impress under Laudrup.
"I have come back feeling fit and I am just trying to get back into the squad and into the team," the fans' favourite said. "Obviously the team have been doing very well so it's going to be hard to get back in, but at the end of the day I am not a quitter so I will be here giving it a go.
"This is my club. This is where I want to be.
"Who knows what happens in the future. Like I said when I went to Leeds, nothing is forever — everyone's playing days come to an end at a club.
"It happens to everyone at some point, but I would like it to come to an end on my terms."
Tate made four appearances in the early weeks of the season.
There were league starts at Aston Villa and then at home to Everton, when Swansea were well beaten.
He has not featured for Swansea since, hence he joined Leeds in November.
"Of course I want to play," Tate added.
"Everyone wants to play regular football, and I have got the choice of playing for another club or trying to play for the club I love and in the city where I am settled. It's hard really.
"But to me nothing is different from what I have felt through all my career — this is where I want to be.
"There's a lot of competition for places — you've got Garry Monk, Kyle Bartley and me not playing at the moment.
"But you have to accept that the competition is tough when you are at a Premier League club."
Tate played 11 games in a Leeds shirt, helping Warnock's team to six wins and a draw along the way.
It was the first lengthy run of games Tate has managed since the infamous golf buggy crash which ruined last season for him.
"I enjoyed Leeds," he said.
"I got what I wanted out of it, which was to go and prove that I could go and play consecutive games after the injury.
"I played a couple of games here at the start of the season — I had one good game and one bad game — but Leeds was about getting used to playing again and getting myself match fit.
"I have done that now. I felt I did well up there and they wanted me to stay, but finances dictated that I couldn't."