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Swansea City extend Lee Trundle's loan deal

Lee Trundle
Lee Trundle left Swansea for Bristol City in a 1m deal in 2007

Lee Trundle's loan move at Championship club Swansea City has been extended to the end of the season.

The Bristol City striker has been on loan at the Liberty Stadium since August and Swansea have taken up the option to keep him until the summer.

Swansea's five-goal top-scorer is now eligible for their FA Cup third round clash at Leicester City on Saturday.

The 33-year-old insists he wants to 'sign at Swansea for life' when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

Trundle's initial deal ran out on New Year's Day but Swansea manager Paulo Sousa wanted to keep the fans' favourite until the end of the season.

"It's a massive weight off my shoulders and I think it will help in my football and the way I train," said Trundle.

"It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done at a club before - it's still a strain on you."

"Because I've wanted it so bad, it was playing on my mind. But now that it has been extended until the end of the season I can relax a little bit more and hopefully that will help the way I play."

The Scouser's contract with Bristol City runs out at the end of the season and has been told he is free to leave after failing to settle at Ashton Gate - so is available on a free transfer in the summer.

Interview: Paulo Sousa

"When I came here I had my mind set on extending the loan," Trundle told the South Wales Evening Post.

"And now that's happened the next stage is to try to win a contract.

"I'm going to do everything I can between now and the end of the season to make that happen.

"I want to finish my career with Swansea and if I look after myself, I can go on for a good few years."

Trundle, who says the Liberty Stadium is his "adopted home," has made just one start in his second spell at Swansea but has scored five goals in just 304 minutes of football - coming on as a substitute nine times - at an average of a goal in every hour he has played.

The player know as 'Magic Daps' enjoys cult hero status at Swansea after his successful first spell in south Wales when Trundle scored 85 goals in just 151 starts.

He left Swansea, though, in the summer of 2007 in a £1m move to Ashton Gate as Bristol City had reached the Championship, while the Swans were still in League One.

He scored seven goals in 53 league appearances for the Robins, although over half those appearances came from the bench.

Earlier this month, Sousa hailed Trundle as Swansea's "special" one after his winner against Plymouth.

And then Trundle admitted he was "fighting for his Swansea future".

He returned to his "adopted home" of Swansea on loan in August to answer Sousa's striker problem.

Swansea were short of attacking options after Jason Scotland and Jordi Gomez had followed former manager Roberto Martinez to Premier League Wigan Athletic, while Stephen Dobbie, Guillem Bauza and Gorka Pintado were out.

Jägermeister Jack

"This is the place where I enjoy my football," Trundle said. "And it is where I want to stay."

Sousa praised Trundle's professionalism and his work rate since rejoining the club.

"He has the characteristics that are different to the other strikers we have in our squad," said the Swans boss.

"For that we have brought him in to help us and to give him the chance to show his characteristics on the pitch.

"He is also training very hard to fight for his positions to play games and score goals and I am delighted with him.

"He has given us a good reference by his performances and in training and he has very good characteristics that can help us a lot in the future. Lee is a big professional."

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Trundle nudges Swans after brace
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Trundle admits Swans move worry
29 Oct 09 |  Swansea
Trundle hoping for Swansea magic
29 Aug 09 |  Swansea
Home is where Trundle's heart is
28 Aug 09 |  Welsh
Swansea sign Trundle and Beattie
28 Aug 09 |  Swansea
Trundle seals 1m Bristol C move
01 Aug 07 |  Bristol City
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03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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