15:42 16th July 2013
. . . former Arsenal left-back heads to the Liberty
Swansea City have signed promising left-back Jernade Meade on a free transfer, subject to international clearance and Premier League approval.
The 20-year-old, who spent nine years at Arsenal before leaving the club in the summer, has penned a one-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.
Luton-born Meade will train with Kristian O’Leary’s Under-21s set-up, with the hope of bolstering future options for the left-back position within Michael Laudrup’s first team plans.
He made his Arsenal debut in the Capital One Cup victory over Reading last October, after coming off the bench in extra-time during the 7-5 win.
Two months later, Meade earned his first start for the Gunners in a Champions League defeat at Olympiakos.
And Meade revealed he is delighted to have the opportunity of progressing his career with the Swans.
“I’ve been at Arsenal since I was 11, so to come to Swansea was the perfect move for me in terms of style,” he said. “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.”
Meanwhile, Swans U21s went down to a 4-0 friendly defeat at West Ham this afternoon.
It follows on from a 4-2 win over Cinderford Town last weekend, with Alex Bray, Sam Evans and a triallist (2) scoring the goals.