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Fulham full back Cyrus Christie has joined Swansea City on loan until the end of the season.

The Republic of Ireland defender wants to play regular football to revive his flagging international career – after making just one appearance under Marco Silva this season. Christie’s proposed move to south Wales looked to have collapsed yesterday, but a dramatic turnaround saw Swansea boss Russell Martin secure his first choice target to replace the departed Ethan Laird.

Christie, whose contract at Craven Cottage is up at the end of the season, has made 68 appearances in three and a half years at Fulham and helped the Whites win promotion via the Championship play-offs twice.

The 28 year-old told Swansea’s official website:

“I am buzzing that it is done and I am really happy to be here. I am looking forward to playing some football again, I spoke to the manager and straight away he almost made my mind up for me. It’s always great when a manager rings you and outlines everything he wants from you and how he sees you fitting in.

He spoke about his ideas and as a footballer it goes a long way when you feel wanted by a manager. This is a big club, playing brilliant football. I thought Swansea did really well at Fulham, it’s about those fine margins in the Championship and I hope I can bring some experience to the team, because it’s a young team that is going places and playing football the right way.”