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Mo Barrow hoping to have long-term Swansea City future but will wait until summer for further talks

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 17, 2017

Mo Barrow expects to discover if he has a future at Swansea City in the summer

Mo Barrow expects to discover if he has a future at Swansea City in the summer

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MO Barrow has not given up hope of having a long-term future at Swansea City following his loan move to Leeds, but admits he will have to wait until the summer to discover his Liberty Stadium fate.

The Gambian had been one of Swansea's first-choice wingers earlier in the season, but a drop off in form saw him fall down the pecking order and he was allowed to link up with former Swans boss Garry Monk at Elland Road.

Barrow's loan spell runs until the end of the season but there is increased competition for places under head coach Paul Clement with Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew having arrived from PSV and Aston Villa respectively.

Barrow, who joined Swansea from Swedish club FK Ostersunds in 2014, still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at the Liberty and suggested he still hopes to have a future in South Wales, but admits he will have to wait until the summer to discover if he is part of Clement's plans for the future.

"I am still a Swansea City player, I am here on loan," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"For me right now it is important to do well (for Leeds), the boys are working hard to make it (to the Premier League) this season and get to the play-offs at least.

"My focus is Leeds and to play well and help the team, when the season is over I can talk about Swansea."

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But the 24-year-old probably has not done himself too many favours with Swans fans after appearing to suggest the support of Leeds fans trumped that of his parent club.

"The atmosphere has been brilliant to be honest, even at the away games. I've been on the bench against Huddersfield and now I've played at home against Bristol [City], the crowd have been fantastic," he said.

"The atmosphere is fantastic. It's different from Swansea. Swansea fans are really good but Leeds fans are always amazing."

Barrow has so far made two substitute appearances for the Yorkshire side, who lie fifth in the Championship table as they target a return to the top-flight for the first time since 2004.

Along with Monk, there are other familiar faces in the form of defender Kyle Bartley and midfielder Matt Grimes, who are also on loan at the club from Swansea.

It has helped Barrow settle in to his new surroundings, and he says he can already see Monk has developed as a manager since being sacked by Swansea in December 2015.

"It has been very good, I am settling in. the lads have taken care of me and it has been good to fit in," he said.

"I know a few of the faces, I know them from back home at Swansea so I know what Garry wants and what he expects from players so it is good to work with him again.

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"I think he will want the same from me as everyone else in the squad. To work hard for each other and play well together as a team and he will want me to take any chances I have, and help as much as I can.

"He has developed, I have not been here long, only two weeks, but what I see is that he is very happy with the squad and he is getting better. He is giving everything for the squad and the team and I think it is great for the club and fans to have a manager like him."

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  • peter36crc  |  February 18 2017, 4:08PM

    We had a plethora of wide men a couple of weeks ago and now we are down to 3. Dyer out for a season so long way back for him, Montero injured as well (never seems to be fit nowadays) and Barrow out on loan 'til the end of the season. Makes more sense to rid ourselves of the malingerers. Barrow deserves a chance with us IMO.

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  • slagheap  |  February 18 2017, 8:33AM

    He is one of the players we need to unload clearly not premier league quality

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