Former Arsenal left-back Jernade Meade has signed a one-year deal with Swansea City.
Luton-born Meade made two first-team appearances for Arsenal last season, coming off the bench to replace Ignasi Miquel in the 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup, and also starting against Olympiakos in a 3-1 UEFA Champions League defeat.
The diminutive 20-year-old started out as a left-winger, but has also played left-back throughout his time at the Arsenal academy, this now being regarded as his main position.
Despite showing potential, and also receiving praise from Arsene Wenger, the signing of Nacho Monreal in January from Malaga signalled that Meade would have to look elsewhere for first-team football.
Initially, he will look to join up with Kristian O'Leary's Under-21 side, but his long-term ambition will be to challenge the likes of Ben Davies and Neil Taylor, offering Michael Laudrup another option at left-back.
He told the club's website: “I’ve been at Arsenal since I was 11, so to come to Swansea was the perfect move for me in terms of style.
“Swansea are a growing club and they’ve come from League Two by passing their way out of the divisions.
“I think everyone has been very impressed by what they have achieved in the Premier League, and it’s great to be a part of the club.
“The people in the area are very welcoming, and I know it’s a family club too, which is great.
“My aim is to start impressing in the Under-21s team and hopefully give Michael Laudrup another option at left-back for the first team.
“He was a great player, and the chance to learn from him is a massive opportunity for me.
“And he is not afraid to give youngsters a chance to prove themselves either. You only have to look at what Ben Davies achieved last season to realise that.”
This may be compared to Kyle Bartley's switch from Arsenal to Swansea last season, with the more experienced centre-back struggling to make his way into the side, being sent out on loan to Birmingham City for the 2013-14 campaign.
However, it is unlikely that Meade will hold such high expectations, starting out on a one-year deal, which would likely be extended if he impresses.
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