Swansea's Darren Pratley denies Bolton agreement

Darren Pratley
Darren Pratley joined Swansea from Fulham for £100,000 in June 2006

Midfielder Darren Pratley has denied he has already agreed to leave Premier League new boys Swansea City to join Bolton.

The 26-year-old is out of contract and has been linked with a free transfer to Owen Coyle's side amid suggestions he has signed a pre-contract Bolton deal.

"The new rules are you can't sign a pre-contract agreement," he said.

"I don't know where that story has come from. I'm an honest person and if I'd signed a pre-contract I'd tell you."

Pratley has helped Swansea win two promotions in his five years in south Wales - following his £100,000 move from Fulham - and is one of 13 out of contract Swansea players this summer.

Fellow first-team regulars goalkeeper Dorus de Vries, Angel Rangel and Cedric Van der Gunn will need to agree new deals or leave on a free transfer.

Injury-plagued mifielder Ferrie Bodde has already signed a one-year extension to stay with the newly-promoted Swans.

Pratley did not start in Swansea's play-off fixtures but scored after coming on in their semi-final second-leg win over Nottingham Forest before his cameo appearance in Swansea's play-off final triumph against Reading.

The energetic midfielder, who was subject of a failed bid from Nottingham Forest at the start of the season, has scored 12 times for Swansea and has supposedly attracted interest from Bolton's Premier League rivals.

"I've also been linked with Newcastle and Wigan," admitted Pratley.

"But I don't know if there has been any interest in me, you'd have to ask Swansea or my agent.

"I'll sit down with my agent, the chairman and family to decide on my future.

"I'm happy, my girlfriend is happy and my dog is happy in Swansea.

"It is not as if I am demanding stupid wages, that has never been the case. I never wanted to be in the final year of my contract, I wanted it to be sorted and that didn't happen.

"Everyone is talking about me signing a contract but there is not one on the table at the moment.

"I don't expect the chairman to give me anything, I have to earn it and I believe I have earned it. But that is up to the people with the power to sort that."

Then asked if he wanted to sign a new Swans deal, Pratley replied: "I didn't say that.

"Before last summer I came out and said I wanted to sign a contract at Swansea and things didn't happen.

"Then there was a statement coming out saying the club were in no rush to give myself a contract. I read that and it was very upsetting for me.

"Maybe I'm not the best player on the pitch every week but I try my hardest and sweat blood for the club so to hear that was very disappointing.

"No matter what happens, no-one can take away what I've achieved at this club. I've been here for five years, won two promotions and helped the club into the Premier League."

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