Leon Britton initially joined Swansea City in December 2002. After failing to break into West Ham United's first team, he made the switch to South Wales where he would make 335 appearances for the Swans as well as establishing himself as a firm fans’ favourite.
Constantly turning out performances of Barclays Premier league standard throughout the 2009-10 season, it came as no surprise when the diminutive midfielder opted to depart in the summer.
However, eyebrows were raised at Britton's club choice, joining a team in the same division as the Swans whilst claiming he wanted a new challenge. It was difficult to comprehend for many.
It had become evident that Britton's relationship with boss at the time Paulo Sousa was strained following the Portuguese manager reporting to press that Leon had turned down his contract - there was speculation this was the real reason for Leon's exit.
The 28-year-old midfielder penned a three year deal at Bramall Lane last summer, but even though he had been a regular feature for the South Yorkshire side in the seven months he spent there, Britton failed to settle or command the holding midfield position as he had done so often alongside Darren Pratley at Swansea.
Therefore, after featuring 23 times for the Blades, Leon has returned and is back playing for the side he spent almost eight years with. He has signed for an undisclosed fee, leaving Sheffield United hovering just above the relegation zone in the Npower Championship.
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