Swansea legend Tate's message to fans: I've loved every minute

Swansea Liberty Stadium

The 32-year-old is looking for a new club after being released by the Swans.

Former Swansea City captain Alan Tate is set to leave the club's ground for the final time when his contract expires on June 30th, and the defender had a message for the club's faithful after an incredible 13 years turning out for the Swans.

First arriving at the club in 2002 on a loan spell from Manchester United, Tate leaves the club having made 340 appearances, and he had plenty of highlights to mention in his statement on the official Swansea website.

“I’m sorry to go, but I’ve loved every minute of it,’’ he said, having spent this last season on loan at Crewe.

“It goes without saying that I’d like to thank everyone for making my time at Swansea so special - from the club, staff, players, supporters and the city as a whole.

“I’m pleased to have helped the club go from strength to strength since that game against Hull way back in 2003.

“There are probably too many highs to mention them all because they stretch from the Hull game through to the Championship play-off final at Wembley, three promotions, the Welsh derby victories over Cardiff to leading the Swans out at Manchester City as captain for our first ever game in the Premier League.

“There’s even the Football League Trophy victory at the Millennium Stadium because I don’t think we thought it could get any better at the time."

As it has turned out, it is his old defensive partner Garry Monk who has released the 32-year-old from his playing days in South Wales, with the former now manager at the Liberty Stadium.

But there can be no denying Tate's role in Swansea's ascent up the football leagues, not to mention the part he played in keeping the Welsh outfit in professional football as they threatened to slip into the fifth tier of English football in his early days at the club.

“There are probably a lot better footballers than me who have worn the Swans shirt over the years, but I’d like to think that there have been few who have tried harder", he added. "The fans have been superb and I’ve found over the years that if they can see you giving 100 per cent then that’s good enough for them.

“Swansea is my home now and this is where I want to live once I finish playing."

Tate has had few appearances in recent seasons, in part as a result of injuries, and has instead taken in most of his football on loan, but he remains one of the few players to represent his club in every division of professional football.

There will undoubtedly be many clubs who are interested in a player with such experience.

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