Date: 9th September 2008 at 9:05am
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Swansea City midfielder Darren Pratley has signed a new contract with the club that will see him stay at the Liberty Stadium until 2011.

It took former manager Kenny Jackett some time to land the influential midfielder from premiership side Fulham. Swansea missed out in securing the services of the Barking born product in 2005 when Pratley chose then league one outfit Brentford over a move to South Wales. Just over a year later Jackett finally got his man and in a £100,000 move from Craven Cottage the midfielder made his highly anticipated switch to Swansea. This season he has staked an early claim for player of the season after his commanding displays in the heart of midfield.

Not resting on his laurels Prtaley has admitted that he believes the club are going in the right direction and hoping to improve under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez.

Pratley told The SWEP:

” I believe that if something isn’t broken you shouldn’t try to fix it..I’m enjoying my football and I’m enjoying my life off the pitch. I’ve got a good relationship with the players, the staff and the fans and there was never any intention to leave.As a club we are going in the right direction and I’m hoping to carry on improving at the same time as the club.”



Martinez has also praised Pratley for his professionalism and ticks all the right boxes.

Martinez told The SWEP:

”Darren is someone who develops with every game he plays and we are delighted that he is staying to fulfil his potential with us.He has come on massively and I know he has ambition to play in the Premier League. That goes hand in hand with the club’s ambition and it’s great that such a huge asset has committed to Swansea City.It’s not just his abilities as a player, Darren is the ultimate professional and he represents the club in exactly the right way.”



There will be no ticket sales for the Cardiff City Carling Cup clash today due to the Ospreys playing the Cardiff Blues this evening.