Leon James Britton
(born 16 September 1982 in Wandsworth
, Greater London
) is an English
professional football player
, who plays for Swansea City
following a short lived spell for Sheffield United
A member of the England
Development School at Lilleshall
where he was a year behind Joe Cole
, Britton began his career as an Arsenal
trainee. When he signed for West Ham United
for £400,000 in 1998, he attracted the highest transfer fee ever paid for a 16 year-old at that time.
Unable to break into the first team at West Ham, Britton joined Swansea City
on loan in December 2002, helping the club to avoid relegation from the Football League
. He was named PFA Fans' Player of the Year for the Third Division
in the 2002–03 season. Swansea manager Brian Flynn
was impressed enough to sign him permanently after he was released by West Ham.
A diminutive but skilful midfielder, Britton won Player of the Year awards from an online supporters' group in both 2002–03 and 2005–06 seasons.
Including his appearances whilst on loan with the club, to the end of the 2005–06 season, Britton had played 137 times for Swansea City in all competitions (with a further 18 appearances as a substitute) and had scored nine goals.
On 9 February 2008, Britton played his 200th game for Swansea City. In January 2010, Swansea rejected an £750,000 offer for Britton from Wigan Athletic
but at the... Read More