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Monday, June 3, 2013
Hanley signs new Blackburn deal

Richard Jolly

Scotland international Grant Hanley has signed a new five-year contract with Blackburn.

The deal keeps the 21-year-old centre-back at Ewood Park until 2018 and replaces his previous five-year deal, signed in 2010, just after he had made his first-team debut.

Hanley has gone on to make 83 appearances for Rovers, including 45 this season when he was a regular alongside captain Scott Dann in the middle of the defence.

He said: "As soon as the end of the season came and I heard that the club wanted me to sign a new deal, I couldn't wait to get it done and it feels brilliant.

"I've been at the club for a while now, it's a great club and I'm really happy to extend my stay here."

Gary Bowyer, recently confirmed as manager, welcomed Hanley's decision to stay, saying: "First and foremost, this is fantastic news for the football club. It is vitally important that we keep hold of our young, home-grown talent, who the supporters can identify with.

"I have been delighted with Grant's progress from the youth team to the first team and this new contract is richly deserved after a superb season for the club.

"He epitomises what we are about  hard working, committed to the cause and a player who is prepared to put his body on the line.

"It is a great boost for everyone connected with the club and especially Grant, who will be looking to kick on further next season."

Blackburn have already made three signings as they plan for next season, bringing in Portsmouth goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, Notts County midfielder Alan Judge and Millwall winger Chris Taylor.

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