Hart pens Citizens extension

26 October 2008 02:48
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has finally put pen to paper on a new five-year contract with the Eastlands club. The 21-year-old England international had been close to finalising a deal for some time and manager Mark Hughes is delighted that Hart has now signed on the dotted line. He told the club's official website: "I'm very pleased that Joe has signed this contract. "Our young players are a huge part of our plans for this club and securing the services of one of the most promising keepers in the country was key to what we are doing here." Hughes had recently stated: "It's something that I think all parties want to conclude. Joe's an exceptionally talented young goalkeeper and we're very pleased to have him at the club. "The young players that we have at the club are important to where we want to go and obviously Joe comes into that category. We want him to be here for many seasons." Hart joined City from Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 2006 and is closing in on the 50-appearances mark for the Premier League club, having been a first-team regular for much of the last 12 months.

Source: ESA