Gary Monk is hoping to make it a perfect ten when he puts pen to paper on his new deal at the Liberty Stadium, which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2013-14 season.

The defender will have ten years under his belt with Swansea upon the conclusion of his latest deal, the confirmation of which comes days before the club embark on their first season in the Barclays Premier League.

Monk is set to become one of the few players to play in all four divisions with the side and the club favourite is delighted to have committed his future to the Welsh based team.

"It's a big thing for me to sign a contract that will take me up to my tenth year," said Monk.

"It's something I'm proud of, my family is proud of, and I've worked hard for it. It's a great feeling knowing I can represent the club for another three years at least.

"I've loved every minute of it. From the first day I walked in here under Kenny (Jackett), I've seen the massive progression made as players and as a club. To be part of that, and as captain for a large chunk of it, is a massive honour."


While with Swansea, Monk has achieved everything there is to achieve in the Npower Football League.

Since joining from Barnsley, Monk has won promotion from Npower League Two, won the Npower League One title, the Football League Trophy, and in potentially his final season in the football league, the Npower Championship Play-offs.

And Monk says he can't wait to lead out his troops in their first game in the top-flight against Manchester City.

"Lifting the trophy at Wembley was massive and one of the biggest honours I can have, but every year has been brilliant and has filled me with pride," he added. "This season will be no different.

"We have talked about not just turning up and realising what it's all about after five or six games. We want to be ready from the off.

"We are playing against fantastic players and fantastic teams, but we have a good squad here and we want to impose our game on the opposition and see how they deal with it."

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