Swansea City reward Alan Tate with improved deal

Alan Tate
Alan Tate is expected to be out of action for the next six months

Swansea City defender Alan Tate has been given improved terms and an extension on his contract.

The 29-year-old was tied to the club until 2013, but that deal has now been extended for another two years.

Tate is currently on the sidelines having broken his leg in a bizarre golf buggy accident in August.

"I'm delighted to sign the contract because it shows the club has a lot of faith in me," Tate told the Swansea City website.

"It will take me well into my thirties and who knows what will happen beyond that, although obviously I'd 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.

"The injury delayed things a little bit. I was meant to sign before I got injured but then it got put on the back-burner.

"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 that it was an unfortunate accident which no one could have expected.''

Tate is in his 10th season with the Swans and has played more than 300 games for the club.

He has played twice this season, including their opening Premier League defeat at Manchester City when he led the team in Garry Monk's absence.

He started his career as a trainee with Manchester United but made no senior appearances for the Old Trafford side.

"I was at Manchester United as a kid, but I never played for the first team there so Swansea feels like the only club I have played for," Tate added.

"I'd love to stay here until I finish, but you always want to be in and around the starting side each week. Hopefully that will be the case, because I will be happy.

"I would love to be able to say I was a one-club man at the end of my career.''

After a brief loan spell with Royal Antwerp, Tate joined Swansea on loan in 2002, helping the club to secure their Football League survival on the last day of his first season in south Wales.

Following a further loan spell he joined permanently in February 2004.

He signed a four-year contract with the club in August 2009.

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