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Jazz Richards has penned a new contract with Swansea City, the south Wales club have confirmed.

The 20-year-old midfielder made his maiden Barclays Premier League appearance against Norwich two weeks ago and has been tipped as a future Swans star.

It comes as now surprise then that the club were keen to tie Richards down, and the Swansea native will stay at the Liberty Stadium for at least another 18 months.

"I'm delighted to have signed a new contract," said Richards, who turned pro two years ago.

"I've really enjoyed being part of the squad in the last few seasons and I feel I am developing all the time.

"It was always my dream to play for my hometown club, so you can imagine what playing for the club in the Premier League means. It was only a brief appearance against Norwich, but it was an amazing experience despite the result."

Meanwhile, Swans boss Brendan Rodgers was equally as pleased to see Richards commit his future to the club.

"Jazz is a young player who has really impressed me in my time here," he explained.

"He has been unfortunate that he hasn't been able to play as much as he would have liked because of the form of some of the senior players.

"But in the games he has played, he has done very well for us.

"Jazz is a Swansea boy, and it is very important that we have as many young players coming through in our squad as possible."

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