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Wednesday 28 August 2013

In brief: Tiendalli returns to Swansea defence

Full-back re-joins Michael Laudrup's side after signing a three-year contract

Dwight Tiendalli became an important part of the Swansea City squad last season

Swansea full-back Dwight Tiendalli has expressed his delight after re-joining the club on a three-year contract.

The Netherlands defender signed a short-term deal with the Swans last September and covered for Neil Taylor, who was out with a season-ending injury. Tiendalli played on both the left and the right and made 14 Barclays Premier League appearances for Swansea, scoring one goal in the 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic, and his performances led to a call up to the Dutch national team.

"I am just happy to be back and want to get ready for when the manager needs me"
Dwight Tiendalli

"I'm very happy to have signed this contract," the 27-year-old told the club's website. "I had a great experience here last season and I'm delighted to be back. I know the people, the club, the stadium and the city. For me it's amazing to get back and to be part of Swansea City again.

"It took a bit longer than expected to finalise, but my first thought was always to sign for Swansea. I was very grateful to Swansea for the chance they gave me last season, especially to play in the Premier League - the best league in the world.

"Also, without Swansea I wouldn't have made an appearance in the national squad. I did a good job overall but as a person I'm never satisfied and I can always be better. At the moment though I am just happy to be back and want to get myself ready for when the manager needs me."

Tiendalli has played at Utrecht, Feyenoord and Twente, winning the league title with Twente in 2009/10. He is set to cover for Taylor again with the news that the Wales left-back could be out for up to six weeks with a thigh injury.

Tiendalli could be part of the Swansea City squad that travels to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in the Barclays Premier League.

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Key Points

  • Dwight Tiendalli re-joins Swansea City on a three-year contract
  • Full-back joined the club on a short-term deal last September
  • The 27-year-old will provide cover for the injured Neil Taylor