Kyle Naughton signs Swansea contract extension
Swansea defender Kyle Naughton has agreed a new one-year deal until the summer of 2023.
The 33-year-old’s contract was due to expire in the summer, but he has agreed a new deal which will see his stay at the Swansea.com Stadium reach eight years.
Naughton recently made his 250th appearance for the Swans after joining the club from Tottenham in 2015.
Head coach Russell Martin told Swansea’s website: “I’m so pleased. A lot of people questioned the position he was playing in the team early on, but we knew how important he would be.
“I played with him, so I knew how good a footballer he is. He was a young man when I played with him at Norwich.
“He came on loan, and he’s so mature, intelligent, relaxed but focused. His mentality is brilliant.”
Meanwhile, Swansea will assess midfielder Flynn Downes, who has returned to full training after recovering from a knee injury for the game against Barnsley .
Downes has missed the Swans’ last two matches and boss Russell Martin must decide whether to include him in both matches over the Easter period.
Martin has no new injury or suspension worries and will choose from a full-strength squad.
The Swans are unbeaten in their last five league games and are chasing a fourth straight win.
Barnsley boss Poya Asbaghi looks set to be without goalkeeper Brad Collins for the trip to South Wales.
Collins suffered a shoulder injury during a 4-1 defeat at Millwall last weekend, being forced off midway through the first-half.
Jack Walton went on for Collins and is poised to start on Friday, but two of Asbaghi’s outfield players – Michal Helik and Cauley Woodrow – are sidelined.
Barnsley, eight points adrift of Championship safety, will not be encouraged by the history books, as it is 48 years since they last won in Swansea.
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