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Richards inks new Swans deal

Swansea City have announced midfielder Jazz Richards has signed a new contract with the club.

Richards, 20, has worked his way through the youth ranks at the Liberty Stadium, to date making 22 league starts for the Welsh club.

And the Wales Under-21 international has this week been rewarded with a new deal, putting pen-to-paper on an 18-month extension.

Richards told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to have signed a new contract. I've really enjoyed being part of the squad in the last few seasons and I feel I am developing all the time.

"It was always my dream to play for my hometown club, so you can imagine what playing for the club in the Premier League means. I feel I am very much part of the manager's plans here. He is always keen to give youngsters a chance, and that is very encouraging.

"Of course, like any player, the aim is to be involved in as many games as possible. But I understand the manager has everyone pushing hard for places.

"But there is no better place for me to learn my trade. The manager has been excellent with me. Even when we sit in the team meetings, the way he speaks is so motivational. You want to run through brick walls for him."

Swans boss Brendan Rodgers said: "Jazz is a young player who has really impressed me in my time here. He has been unfortunate that he hasn't been able to play as much as he would have liked because of the form of some of the senior players.

"But in the games he has played, he has done very well for us. Jazz is a Swansea boy, and it is very important that we have as many young players coming through in our squad as possible.

"Jazz is strong and tenacious, and I see him as a very important member of our squad going forward. He understands the culture of the club and the way we want to play.

"He will want to play more games in the future, but he is at a Premier League club and he has made his Premier League debut."

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