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Delighted Britton Admits Leaving Was A 'Mistake'

Delighted Britton Admits Leaving Was A 'Mistake'

Leon Britton admitted that he made a mistake last Summer by leaving Swnsea City and joining Sheffield United.

The midfielder said he was 'delighted' to return to the club after signing a two and a half year contract.

Britton told the Official Site:

'It was a mistake and I should never have left Swansea.

'Hindsight is a wonderful thing and none of us would make any mistakes if we knew what was ahead of us.

'Last season at Swansea wasn't the most enjoyable for me, on or off the field. I wasn't enjoying my football as I had in previous seasons.

'I felt at the end of that season I needed a new challenge. I spoke to Kevin Blackwell at Sheffield and I liked what he said about the way they wanted to play the game. Unfortunately it didn't work out as either of us planned.

'While working under four different managers in such a short space of time didn't help, the players, directors, staff and supporters at Sheffield United were great with me from the very first day I arrived.

'They are good people at the club, but I think they understood why I wanted to come back to Swansea.

'I realise now that the Swansea style suits me down to the ground and brings the best out of my abilities.''

Britton also spoke about the time when he sat amongst the Swans fans to watch Swansea City play against Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup, and the reception he received from them:

'I'm really grateful to the manager (Brendan Rodgers) and the chairman (Huw Jenkins) for giving me this second chance at the club.

'As I said, I made a mistake, but I hope the fans will let me put it right. They've been brilliant to me in the past and I want to show them again that I'm good enough for a place in the squad.

'I spoke to a lot of the fans when I went to watch Swansea in the Carling Cup at Wigan. Monks (Garry Monk) got me tickets in the away end and, if I'm honest, I was a bit apprehensive over the reaction I would get from the Swans fans in there.

'But they were brilliant and gave me a real warm Welsh welcome, something I will never forget.

'Then it really hit home to me again how much I missed the club, city and the people when I stood alongside the Swansea players in the tunnel at Bramall Lane earlier in the season. After eight years at the club, it just didn't feel right lining up against them.

'But that's in then past now and I'm really looking forward to working with the manager. All the players I've spoken to have been singing his praises over his training methods and man-management skills.

'I'm just delighted to be back.''

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Date:Thursday January 20 2011
Time: 7:32PM

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