Orlandi signs Swans deal
Jenkins will now turn focus to securing youngsters' future
Last Updated: July 5, 2011 8:41am
Orlandi: Has signed a one-year contract extension and is viewed as an important member of the squad
Swansea City midfielder Andrea Orlandi has signed a one-year contract extension to be tied to the Premier League new boys until 2013.
Orlandi has been rewarded with fresh terms at the Liberty Stadium after making 20 appearances en route to Swansea winning promotion last season.
The Spaniard is a key part of Brendan Rodgers' squad and chairman Huw Jenkins is hopeful the 26-year-old can make an impact in the top flight.
"Brendan was keen to ensure Andrea was retained as an important member of the squad," Jenkins told the club's official website.
"He has grown into the squad over the past few years and his technical ability is well suited to the Premier League.
"We are delighted that Andrea has decided to extend his contract, and we look forward to seeing him play his part as the club looks to make an impact in the Premier League."
With Orlandi joining Angel Rangel in signing a new deal, Jenkins will now turn his focus to securing the futures of several of Swansea's youngsters.
He added: "Improving and extending certain players' contracts well in advance is something we can now look into thanks to our Premier League status.
"Over the last few years we have been asked by supporters why the club did not do it, but the simple explanation is that we were not in a financial position to do so.
"The budget was set to compete in the Championship, so any further money spent on securing certain players' contracts earlier would have jeopardised certain signings along the way.
"So we will be looking to sit down with the likes of Joe Allen, Nathan Dyer and Jazz Richards, for example, and ensure their contracts and cover our assets in advance."