Defender Neil Taylor has extended his stay with Swansea after agreeing a new four-year contract. The left-back, who joined the club in 2010 from Conference side Wrexham, has been named in the Wales squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium in Cardiff next week. Taylor admits the progress made by Swansea meant it was straightforward for him to sign a new deal. “It was an easy decision,” he told swanseacity.net. “I’m glad we’ve managed to get it done early. Both myself and the club wanted it to happen, I’m really happy and focused on Swansea. “We’ve been so successful in recent years and the club is really moving forward now. “Last season was our best yet. We have a young, hungry manager and everything is progressing here both on and off the field. “The training ground is being developed at the moment and each year we seem to be making big strides. “But we know that next season this group of players is able to make another big mark on the Premier League and we’re hoping we can do great things again. “I think we’ll strengthen again this summer, so as a player there is no other place you would want to be right now.” Press Association The 26-year-old, who had been linked with West Brom, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, had 12 months remaining on his existing deal but has ended any speculation about his future. Taylor was a key member of the side which finished eighth in the Premier League last season, making 34 league appearances.
An action packed evening of karate culminated at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Sunday when the National Junior Karate Tournament was staged.The National Junior Karate Tournament’s top performers after the curtains came down on the eventThe event, which saw competition in only Kata and Kumite events, had participants ranging in age from 6 years old to 17 years old.An upset was registered in the 12-14 years male category when Shamar Francis topped the category after winning both the kata and kumite events. Also outstanding was Jayanti Ram, who won both the kata and kumite events in the female 15-17 years category.Judging by the crowd reaction, the fight of the night was the final bout in the 15-17 years male 55+ kg, which saw Shemar Parkinson closely defeating Trevon Miller to win gold in the Kumite.The evening ended with the medals presentation, which were done by the president and 1st & 2nd Vice-presidents of the Guyana Karate Federation.