The Guardian was among the sources to confirm this morning that Swansea City player Angel Rangel had signed an extended contract with the club, which ties him down to the side until 2017.
The new deal means Rangel would have been a Swansea player past the ten year mark if he sees it out and it’s a sign from Garry Monk that he wants to retain a strong core of players over the next couple of years.
The 32-year-old is one of the most experienced players in the side and that is arguably his best quality. Monk needs to make the most of that experience, which could be useful in a number of different ways.
The most obvious is that Rangel is a very calm and collected player to have filling in across the back four. He’ll also be important in terms of the younger players coming into the side and will be crucial in terms of helping them settle down.
His age suggests that while the club have shown him a good sign of commitment and loyalty, he might not play over the rest of his contract as much as he may desire. Full-back is a very important area of the team and Monk may feel as though he needs more pace at right-back.
However, he’s a solid option to have coming in at any time against a left sided player in the opposition who won’t put him onto the back foot and dance rings around him over the course of a game.
He can take heart from the example of someone like John Terry at Chelsea who has found ways to be effective at a later stage in his career. If he can do something similar over the next two seasons, he’ll be delighted.
Here’s what Swansea fans on Twitter had to say about the new deal.
Rangel given a new contract to guarantee him a testimonial?If so fair enough been a great servant but don't see him playing much n that time— Mark Evans (@swanseajack86) March 10, 2015
@arangelz great news