AMMANFORD AFC has confirmed that Leon Britton has left the Cymru South club to rejoin Swansea City.

The 39-year-old has returned to the Liberty to take on an academy role, having left his job as sporting director back in June 2020.

He linked up with fellow Swans legend Lee Trundle at Ammanford earlier this year.

“We can confirm Leon Britton has left the club to re-sign for Swansea City FC,” said a statement from Ammanford AFC on social media.

“Leon will be taking up a player mentor role with the Swansea City academy with immediate effect.

“The club would like to thank Leon and wish him the best of luck in his new role.”

Swansea City say Britton “will be available in a playing capacity in the near future for the under-23s team.”

He could also assist Kristian O’Leary and Anthony Wright in helping deliver training sessions and prepare for Professional Development League fixtures.

It is a move which is seen as pivotal in helping mentor and nurture the club’s young talent as they look to make the transition from academy level to the first team.

Britton served the club with distinction during a 16-year spell that amassed 537 appearances, three promotions and League Cup success.

Mark Allen, who stepped up to become sporting director in August, said the move will be hugely beneficial to the club’s younger players.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the young players at Swansea City to learn from Leon – he’s been there and done it, and he is a fantastic role model,” said Allen.

“We have important principles and values at Swansea City. Leon is a prime example of someone who epitomises the Swansea way, and that was evident during his long, successful career as a player, and then as sporting director.

“He is an excellent addition to the club’s academy primarily as a mentor to these young lads, while he will also be available to contribute as a player at some point in the near future.

“The benefits our young players will take are endless, and they’ll take a tremendous amount from being a team-mate of Leon too.

“This isn’t a role which will prevent our players having an opportunity to play – Leon won’t play every minute of every game – it is a role which will bring so many benefits to the young lads in the academy who are hoping to move into the first-team frame.

“We look forward to seeing Leon once again play an important role at the club, and I’m sure the Jack Army will be delighted with his return.”