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Exclusive: Pratley Signs

Vital Swansea were the first to report that Swansea were in talks with Fulham's Darren Pratley.

Thanks to member couchpotatoe plus 2 other sources, we reported on Tuesday that Prately was set to sign subject to a medical and the news is now official.

Chairman Huw Jenkins said:

"We are obviously pleased to make our first signing for the new campaign,''

"It's been no secret that we tried to get him last season because he's highly rated.

One year on and we are absolutely delighted to finally get our man.''

Kenny Jackett said:

''I have followed him for a while and he is the right type of signing for us,''

''He is 21 years old but he has experience having played at this level through last season with Brentford. So he has a nice blend of youth and experience.

''He is the type of player we want to be signing.

''He is both athletic and comfortable on the ball - that is what I am looking for with my midfield players.''

Jackett previously tried to sign him at the beginning of last season and thinking he had joined us, Chairman Huw Jenkins spoke to soon and he ended up joining fellow League One side Brentford on a season-long loan.

With Martin Allen leaving the Bees recently, the 21 year-old returned to his current club, leaving the door open for the Swans to make a move for the talented youngster.

An official announcement regarding our move for Darren Pratley should be made sometime this week.

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The Journalist

Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 6 2006

Time: 9:11PM

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Thats 1 tidy signing in the bag if this goes through
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06/06/2006 21:19:00

Sounds like he ticks all the boxes KJ wants. Let's just hope he's been worth the ten month wait.
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06/06/2006 21:37:00

Lets just hope he signs a contract and passes a medical!
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06/06/2006 21:46:00

never heard of him 2 be honest. should do well at swansea know
green giant 12
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06/06/2006 21:57:00

Contradiction or what! You've never heard of him but he should do well?
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06/06/2006 22:09:00

i dont really rate him but if jackett thinks he will imporve the team hten go fir it anything to get the swans into the championship
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06/06/2006 23:04:00

seams alrite
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07/06/2006 08:10:00

And now have it as their main story. Bit late tho wernt they ;-)
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07/06/2006 08:52:00

He was suppose to be the next big thing when Kenny tried signing him last year didnt do bad at brentford, only time will tell!!! Up the Swans
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07/06/2006 09:32:00

He was highly rated by Coleman, should be quite a good acquisition.
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07/06/2006 12:11:00

have to wait and see where in midfield does he play
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07/06/2006 15:04:00

Good spot by couchpotatoes old man!
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07/06/2006 15:11:00

he will be fantastic alongside darren way way way !!! 2 terriers they are like 2 headless chickens
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07/06/2006 17:09:00

along side darren way:S wah a waste of money he was.
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07/06/2006 19:43:00

how can u say Way was a waste of money?? Hes only played about an hours worth of football. Just wait till this time next year befor judging him.
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07/06/2006 19:47:00

he may not be the next Martinez but he seems pretty good. He wasn't as good at brentford but im sure he will do well here. Is he more attacking or defensive can someone tell me?
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07/06/2006 20:54:00

lets just wait to see how good he is next season .....
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07/06/2006 21:43:00

does anyone know if there is a swans mini league going for the sun world cup dream team, i`m looking to enter!!
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09/06/2006 10:19:00

We could always create one for this site!
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09/06/2006 12:22:00

Who's to know how good he can be. He's shown promise and played at this level, so he knows what to expect. Could prove to be a valuable assett for you.
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11/06/2006 21:20:00

gd signig jackett reli wanted him nd i cudnt c im giving up on im...lets ope he was worth the waiting 4
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13/06/2006 20:08:00

He didn't want to be here last time so i wonder what's changed .
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14/06/2006 21:13:00


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