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Swansea hero Britton delighted with player-coaching job: I'm not retiring

Swansea City veteran Leon Britton is delighted to have been named player-assistant manager.

Britton will fill the space on the staff which was previously occupied by Claude Makelele.

And the 35-year-old is full of pride as he starts life as a coach at the club he has served with distinction across 15 years as a player.

“I am delighted. To have this opportunity is a massive moment for me and my family," Britton said.

“I spoke to the manager, the chairman and to my family and decided it was an opportunity I should definitely take.

“I am grateful to the manager and to the chairman for having the belief in my ability to put me in this role.

“The manager has worked at some of the biggest clubs in world football – he has a vast knowledge of coaching.

“It's great for me to have the chance to lean on him and to look at what he does every day behind the scenes and how he goes about his business."

The veteran also insisted he won't be retiring anytime soon.

“It's not the end of my playing career," Britton said.

“I will still be training every day and will be up for selection.

“But I will also be in staff meetings and looking to prepare for games from the coaching side.

“I will train as long as I am fit, but my days will start a lot earlier. I will try to be that link between the players and the staff, which is very important I think."

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