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Meade signs on at Swansea

SoccerNews in English Premier League 16 Jul 2013

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Former Arsenal full-back Jernade Meade has joined Swansea on a one-year deal.

The 20-year-old moves to the Liberty Stadium on a free transfer, subject to receiving Premier League approval and international clearance.

Meade, who operates at left-back, had been with Arsenal for nine years before leaving at the end of last season.

He made his professional debut in the club’s epic 7-5 League Cup victory over Reading in October and also featured in the UEFA Champions League, as part of the side that went down 2-1 to Olympiacos in December.

The youngster is now ready to begin a new chapter of his career in Wales, and said that the club’s style of football was an influencing factor in his decision.

“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 told the club’s official website.

“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.

“My aim is to start impressing in the Under-21s team and hopefully give (manager) Michael Laudrup another option at left-back for the first team.”

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