Swansea sign former Arsenal defender Meade

Swans manager Michael Laudrup continues to strengthen his squad with the addition of the promising 20-year-old on a one-year deal, subject to international clearance
Swansea City have completed a deal for ex-Arsenal defender Jernade Meade on a free transfer subject to international clearance.

The 20-year-old made his first start for the Gunners in a Champions League defeat to Olympiakos last season but left the club in summer.

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After agreeing a one-year deal with the Swans, Meade is hoping to impress for his new club's Under-21s side before pushing for a place in the first-team.

He told Swansea's official wesbite: "I've been at Arsenal since I was 11, so to come to Swansea was the perfect move for me in terms of style.

"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 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."