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Last Updated: Monday, 23 June, 2003, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK
Martinez chooses Swansea
Roberto Martinez
Brian Flynn has persuaded Roberto Martinez to re-sign for Swansea
Roberto Martinez has committed himself to Swansea City after signing a new contract.

The Spanish midfielder will remain with the Swans until 2005 after agreeing a new two-year deal on Monday.

The Spaniard came to the Vetch last January on a free transfer and won many admirers as Swansea fought for Football League survival.

The 29-year-old's performances had attracted interest from First Division clubs, but Swansea director of football Brian Flynn flew out to Spain to re-open transfer negotiations.

Martinez admitted that he was flattered by the efforts made to keep him, and is clearly looking forward to helping develop a talented but inexperienced group of players.

Flynn has managed to sign or re-sign a set of youngsters with real potential, including Leon Hylton, Brad Maylett, Leon Britton, and striker James Thomas - who scored a hat-trick in the win over Hull on the final day of the season.

SWANSEA CITY SIGNINGS
Roberto Martinez
Leon Hylton
Brad Maylett
Jason Smith
Kevin Nugent
Kristian O'Leary
Lee Jenkins
James Thomas
Michael Howard
Jonathan Coates
Leon Britton
Roger Freestone

Martinez had already admitted that the prospect of playing alongside those players was a big incentive to stay with the Swans.

"Everyone knows about the potential of Britton and the 'super-hero' Thomas," Martinez had said.

"It's fantastic news for everyone at the club that these two players are going to be involved with Swansea City.

"These two players are really great players and everyone knows they are better than the Third Division.

"It shows the determination and desire there is at the club. Every supporter should be excited about it.

"If there is anything I can do for the club I will do it. I know that Swansea will be in my heart forever."

Flynn is still looking to strengthen his side, with out of contract Wrexham striker Lee Trundle and another free agent, Cardiff City central defender Andy Jordan, targets.

So far only the services of striker Marc Richards have been lost, after the 20-year-old opted to join Third Division rivals Northampton Town.

  • Swansea are expecting Lenny Johnrose to let them know in the next few days if he will sign a new one-year deal.

    The 33-year-old midfielder proved to be a key member of the Swans side at the tail end of last season.

    But wing Kieron Durkan will have to prove his fitness in pre-season training to earn himself a new contract.

    The 29-year-old only started four games for the Swans after joining them from Rochdale in January because of a succession of injuries.





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