Swansea City summer signing Leroy Lita is planning to hit the ground running at the Liberty Stadium after completing a deal with the Barclays Premier League new boys yesterday.

Lita completed the £1.75 million move from Middlesbrough in time to feature in the club's friendly victory against Celtic last night, coming on as a second half substitute for Brendan Rodgers' side.

The former England U21 will challenge Craig Beattie, Luke Moore and club record signing Danny Graham for a place in the Swans' starting line-up next season, and it's a challenge the striker is relishing.

"To finally be here is a great feeling and I can't wait to get started. I have been waiting for this chance for a while," Lita told the 'official Swansea website.

"We have a great squad and we can push on this year and surprise a few people.

"It is a new challenge and the club deserves to be here. They played the best football outside of the Premier League for a number of years."

Lita wasn't on the score sheet in the 2-0 win over the Bhoys, with Angel Rangel and Stephen Dobbie scoring second-half goals against last seasons SPL runners-up.


It was a performance that delighted manager Brendan Rodgers, who is confident the former Reading striker will have a positive impact in Wales.

"I thought it was a perfect exercise for us. I also think we got stronger as the game went on, which was pleasing," said Rodgers.

"He (Lita) is going to be a great addition to the group. He will also be a great asset to the football club over the next few years."

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