Blades poised to cash in as Swans go up

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sheffield United can prepare for a cash windfall after Swansea City’s promotion to the Premier League.

The Blades hierarchy were certainly backing the Swans to go up due to a clause in the deal which saw Leon Britton move back to West Wales in January.

The financial details when Britton moved back to Swansea were shrouded in some confusion with United saying they had received a fee - which was undisclosed - whilst Swansea claim no money initially changed hands.

However, United could now benefit by up to £400,000 due to an agreement linked to appearances and also Swansea gaining promotion.

Britton joined United on a free transfer last Summer after eight years with the Swans and became a regular in the side.

But, in January, he returned to Swansea and became a regular in Brendan Rodgers’s team, fitting into the way they play and culminating in an appearance at Wembley on Monday.

Britton had also been in the Swansea team in 2003 when they had to win their final game of the season to stay in the Football League and they did so, beating Hull City 4-2.

Britton has admitted that he realised he had made a mistake and he spoke to United and also to Swansea and that got the ball rolling over a return.

“It was difficult for me at the beginning, a couple of managerial changes didn’t help and then Micky Adams came in,” he said.

“I could see that maybe things were not going to work out for me. I could see they were not going to play the Swansea way which is the way that suits me.”

The Blades are to auction off the shirts from the first leg of the FA Youth Cup with the proceeds going to two charities.

The shirts, signed by all the players, will go on auction site ebay and the money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Karl Darby Fund.