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Pratley Hints At Possible Departure Next Summer

Darren Pratley has released his own statement regarding his contract talks at Swansea City and the reason why he has to decided to reject a new deal at the Liberty Stadium.

The former Fulham midfielder explained in his statement that he was disappointed by how long it took the club to offer him a new contract, and says next Summer might be the right time for a new challenge elsewhere.

Pratley also insists that he is not motivated by money, and the financial package on offer at Swansea City was 'fantastic'.

"It is true that I have been unable to agree a new deal with Swansea and I now intend to see out the final year of my contract. During that time I will continue to give 100 per cent in everything I do for the club and I hope to be an integral part of a Swansea team that can challenge for the play-offs this season.

"I would like to make it clear that my decision is not motivated by money because the financial package Swansea put to me was fantastic. I am a man of principles though and I have been left disappointed by how long it took the club to offer me a new contract.


His future has been in doubt for past few months as Nottingham Forest have shown a continued interest in the midfielder, but our Championship rivals have yet to make a bid that matches our asking price.

The Darren Pratley situation appears to be like Leon Britton's last year. He rejected contract talks and decided to play out the remainder of his contract before leaving for a free to join Sheffield United this Summer. Swansea City now risk losing another top player next Summer as Pratley is happy to play out the remainder of his current deal.

Pratley's statement continues:

"I publicly made it clear last Christmas that I wished to extend my contract with Swansea as soon as possible. The former manager Paulo Sousa was aware of this and tried to get me a new deal, but nothing came forward from chairman Huw Jenkins.

"I continued to ask for a new deal, but Mr Jenkins then said this summer that he was not in a rush to offer me one. I was disappointed with that stance and it made me reconsider my future.

"As soon as Brendan Rodgers took over he made it clear he saw me as a key player and the club finally made me an offer in writing last Thursday, two days before the start of the season. As I have said, Swansea offered me a great deal, but I felt it was too late.

"I hope the fans can respect my decision and trust that I will continue to give everything to the Swansea cause. This will be my fifth season with the club and, while I have enjoyed every minute, I feel next summer might be the right time for a new challenge."




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Date:Friday August 13 2010

Time: 6:04PM

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WHAT A BLOODY BALLS UP THIS IS NOT GOOD
taylor2078
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13/08/2010 18:16:00

another balls up, same thing happened with Britton, what is Jenkins up to?
eye_nose_hat
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13/08/2010 18:54:00

Why does he wait till our best players have 1 year left on their contracts i.e- Robinson, Britton - Pratley now! :(
trueswan16
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13/08/2010 19:21:00

As trueswan mentions, why has this been allowed to happen AGAIN. starting to think if we need a different chairman, as it seems to be the same story over the past few seasons.
OriginalXOR
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13/08/2010 19:42:00

yep, if this is true get him out now, and get someone in who can handle football at this level
cyjax
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13/08/2010 22:27:00

Pratley will be a big loss to Swansea and I'm amazed that the chairman acts in the way he does. Leon Britton had Swansea in his vains yet we cocked up his contract and we are now doing the same with Darren. Amazing! It seems that promotion to the premier division is not in this chairmans eyes and he is happy if we bounce from the Championship to league 1 or 2 - this is where we could end up if things aren't thought through in advance. Huw Jenkins has done a great job for this club but the last couple of seasons there has been no ambition. Shame on you Huw!
voyzey
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14/08/2010 02:21:00

Sorry guys. Not quite willing to believe this 'hard done by story yet'. 'Not about the money' - does your agent know that? My experience with agents is that 'it's generally all about the money'. Agents don't earn fees on 'good feelingsl' It's also my experience when people feel hard done by or passed over, a big fat pay increase, late as it may be generally smooths ruffled feathers. Darren my son, I think you made your mind up some time back to leave, and now you are protecting your image with the fans. Having said all that, I wish you luck and a successful last season with the Swans - becauseirnece Also, if money not the motivationWhat was all the shirt waving about earlier in the week.
geoggsg
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14/08/2010 03:10:00

Sorry guys. Not quite willing to believe this 'hard done by story yet'. 'Not about the money' - does your agent know that? My experience with agents is that 'it's generally all about the money'. Agents don't earn fees on 'good feelingsl' It's also my experience when people feel hard done by or passed over, a big fat pay increase, late as it may be generally smooths ruffled feathers. Darren my son, I think you made your mind up some time back to leave, and now you are protecting your image with the fans. Having said all that, I wish you luck and a successful last season with the Swans - becauseirnece Also, if money not the motivationWhat was all the shirt waving about earlier in the week.
geoggsg
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14/08/2010 03:10:00

Sorry guys. Not quite willing to believe this 'hard done by story yet'. 'Not about the money' - does your agent know that? My experience with agents is that 'it's generally all about the money'. Agents don't earn fees on 'good feelingsl' It's also my experience when people feel hard done by or passed over, a big fat pay increase, late as it may be generally smooths ruffled feathers. Darren my son, I think you made your mind up some time back to leave, and now you are protecting your image with the fans. Having said all that, I wish you luck and a successful last season with the Swans - becauseirnece Also, if money not the motivationWhat was all the shirt waving about earlier in the week.
geoggsg
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14/08/2010 03:10:00

Sorry about that - a threefer
geoggsg
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14/08/2010 03:11:00

What I wanted to say at the end of my garbled entry was ......I wish you luck and a successful season. If its successful, we may get promoted and you justify the reason why people want to sign you - an excellent showcase of your talent. If it isn't a personal success you will still get your free transfer at the end of it, but there may not be too many quality teams looking to pick you up.
geoggsg
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14/08/2010 03:18:00

 

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