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Llanelli Star - - Front Page - Paul Ab­ban­do­nato

LLANELLI Town are look­ing to give Swansea City fans’ favourite Leon Brit­ton a shock foot­ball re­turn in the Welsh Pre­mier League.

The for­mer Swans cap­tain and care­taker man­ager is un­der­stood to be mulling over an of­fer af­ter it is be­lieved he held talks with the am­bi­tious Reds.

Given Brit­ton’s Pre­mier League stature, his cap­ture would be a real coup for Llanelli and ar­guably the big­gest sign­ing in the 26-year his­tory of the League of Wales.

Brit­ton’s pres­ence in Llanelli colours would at­tract big­ger crowds to Ste­bon­heath Park – repli­cat­ing the im­pact of an­other Swans favourite Lee Trun­dle.

SWANSEA City fans’ favourite Leon Brit­ton has been asked to make a shock foot­ball re­turn — with Llanelli Town in the Welsh Pre­mier League.

The for­mer Swans cap­tain and care­taker man­ager is un­der­stood to be mulling over an of­fer af­ter it is be­lieved he held talks with the am­bi­tious Reds.

Given Brit­ton’s Pre­mier League stature, his cap­ture would be a real coup for Llanelli and ar­guably the big­gest sign­ing in the 26-year his­tory of the League of Wales.

Welsh goal­keep­ing great Neville Southall did play three times for Rhyl dur­ing the 2001-02 sea­son, but at just 36 Brit­ton re­mains as fit as a fid­dle and could prove a sen­sa­tion with Llanelli.

Given Brit­ton’s pop­u­lar­ity amongst the Swansea fan base, his pres­ence in Llanelli colours would at­tract big­ger crowds to Ste­bon­heath Park, and hav­ing a player of his pedi­gree could also in­crease the gen­eral in­ter­est in the League.

Brit­ton hung up his boots in May af­ter more than 500 ap­pear­ances dur­ing two spells with Swansea, the last com­ing against Stoke with the club rel­e­gated to the Cham­pi­onship.

He planned to take a year out be­fore de­ter­min­ing his fu­ture, al­though he works as a match-day am­bas­sador for the Swans.

But talk of Llanelli’s in­ter­est has done the rounds in Welsh Pre­mier cir­cles for sev­eral days and a bid is be­lieved to have been made to try to tempt him out of re­tire­ment, with the Reds feel­ing it could be a win-win sit­u­a­tion for the player and the club.

Llanelli are sec­ond from bot­tom of the Welsh Pre­mier, with only Llan­dudno below them, and feel Brit­ton’s ex­pe­ri­ence and in­flu­ence can help them claw away from the foot of the ta­ble and have a real crack at things next sea­son.

They have won just three of 19 matches this term but are con­fi­dent the Brit­ton fac­tor would reap its re­wards.

In turn, Brit­ton would get the op­por­tu­nity to play foot­ball again at a de­cent level and with a club near to his home.

Brit­ton is un­der­stood to be think­ing about the Llanelli of­fer, with it thought to be a 50-50 call whether he chooses to play again.

Llanelli de­clined to com­ment when ap­proached by WalesOn­line. But there is lit­tle doubt they would be de­lighted to cap­ture a player of Brit­ton’s stature and they are to be com­mended for their am­bi­tion.

Brit­ton first joined the Swans in 2002 and spent 15 years with them, bro­ken by one short stint as a Sh­effield United player.

As well as play­ing more than 500 Swansea games, Brit­ton was also care­taker man­ager for a brief spell fol­low­ing the dis­missal of Paul Cle­ment 12 months ago. He took charge of a 1-1 draw with Crys­tal Palace and a 5-0 Box­ing Day drub­bing at Liver­pool, be­fore stand­ing aside when Car­los Car­val­hal was ap­pointed.

Leon Brit­ton ap­plauds the fans af­ter his fi­nal ap­pear­ance for the Swans, the Pre­mier League game at the Lib­erty Sta­dium against Stoke last May.

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