New Swansea deal for Tate
Extension boosts defender after recent injury woe
Last Updated: 14/09/11 3:13pm
Swansea City defender Alan Tate has signed a new four-year contract and hopes to finish his career at the Liberty Stadium.
Tate has made over 300 appearances for the Swans since joining from Manchester United and has played an important role in the club's rise to the Premier League.
Though the vice-captain's prospects of making an impact in the top flight have been hampered by a freak injury, Tate is happy to have agreed a new deal.
The 29-year-old is expected to be sidelined for up to six months after breaking his leg in a golf buggy accident in late August, but revealed the injury was not going to cost him an extension.
"I'm delighted to sign the contract because it shows the club have a lot of faith in me," Tate told the club's official website.
"It will depend on injuries and form, but I would love to finish my career at Swansea and, with a bit of luck, I hope that could happen."
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"It will take me well into my 30s and who knows what will happen beyond that, although obviously I would like to stay even longer.
"It will depend on injuries and form, but I would love to finish my career at Swansea and, with a bit of luck, I hope that could happen.
"We've been talking about a contract for a while. The injury delayed things a bit. I was meant to sign before I got injured, but then it got put on the backburner.
"Then it was deadline day, which held things up again, but the new contract was never under threat because of the injury.
"The club could see it was an unfortunate accident which no-one could have expected."
Tate is the latest in a long line of Swansea players to commit their futures to the Premier League new boys with Neil Taylor, Garry Monk, Joe Allen, Angel Rangel, Nathan Dyer, Ashley Williams and Andrea Orlandi among those to pen new deals.