Nelsen signs new Blackburn deal

22 January 2011 11:22
Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen has signed a new contract at Ewood Park that will run until 2013.The New Zealand international, 33, was contracted to Rovers until next year, but has penned a one-year extension. [LNB]Nelsen joined Blackburn from DC United in 2005 and has made in excess of 200 appearances for the club. [LNB]He captained his country in last year's World Cup and, last month, was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to football. [LNB]The signing is big fillip for manager Steve Kean, who himself only secured his long-term future at Ewood Park with a new contract this week. [LNB]Nelsen was an outspoken opponent of Sam Allardyce's sacking by new owners Venky's in December, telling BBC Radio 5 live at the time: "Not in my wildest dreams did I see this coming. [LNB] How important is Nelsen to Rovers? "A huge big leadership has gone from the club. They [Venky's] have a plan for the club - they must to have made a decision like this. But it's ruthless. [LNB]"I feel gutted for the man, the players liked him, the club liked him." [LNB]However, by signing an extension to his current deal, Nelsen has thrown his support behind new boss Kean. [LNB]Blackburn are 11th in the Premier League table.

Source: BBC_Sport