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Tate set for Swans talks with Monk

Published 20/06/2014 | 12:57

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Swansea defender Alan Tate will discuss his future with manager Garry Monk

Swansea stalwart Alan Tate will sit down to discuss his future with manager and old friend Garry Monk hoping he still has a role to play.

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The 31-year-old defender, started the 2012-13 season as captain at the Liberty Stadium, but soon found himself frozen out by then manager Michael Laudrup and has since been sent out on loan to Leeds, Yeovil and Aberdeen.

However, he will return to the South Wales club for pre-season training with a year left on his contract and waiting to hear what Monk, alongside whom he has spent the bulk of the last decade of his career, has in store for him.

Tate told the South Wales Evening Post: "Garry and I have been together for a long time.

"It's different from when Roberto [Martinez] got the job. We were friends, but we weren't as close as me and Garry. We have been on holiday together, our kids were born at the same time, we used to live next to each other in Birchgrove.

"It's going to be a bit strange now that he's the manager. But I will do whatever Garry wants, and we'll sit down in pre-season and have a chat."

Former Manchester United trainee Tate first joined the Swans on loan in November 2002 and completed a permanent switch in February 2004, and has made more than 300 senior appearances in the meantime.

However, he found himself out in the cold after Laudrup decided he was not part of his plans in September 2012.

Tate said: "It was before the Everton game. I didn't know that I wasn't going to be captain. He took the captaincy off me, but didn't tell me and things went from there, really.

"I've been a Swansea player for 12 years, but sometimes a new manager comes in and you don't get on with him. He wasn't really my type of person."

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