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New deal delight for Darragh

26 February 2016

Blackburn Rovers are delighted to announce that Darragh Lenihan will extend his stay at Ewood Park.

The 21-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a new three-and-a-half year deal until the summer of 2019.

"I'm over the moon to be honest, it has been a long time coming," said Lenihan.

"I'm happy that the manager has shown the faith in me to give me games and to offer me a new contract. It has been very pleasing over the last few months and hopefully it can continue.

"At this stage of my career the main thing is to play games and the gaffer has given me a great chance to show what I can do on the pitch. Hopefully I can keep improving my game and getting good results."

Captain for his country at Under-21 level, Lenihan joined Rovers from Dublin-based Belvedere in the summer of 2011.

After progressing through Rovers’ youth ranks, last season saw the Irishman enjoy a hugely successful loan spell with Burton Albion, where he played a pivotal role in their romp to the League Two title.

After featuring in Rovers' final three games of the 2014-15 season, Lenihan had to be patient this term, but under Paul Lambert he has been a key member of the squad with 11 appearances since the turn of the year.

The midfielder is enjoying working with the new boss and feels he can only blossom under his stewardship.

"He has been fantastic with me," added Lenihan. "He's won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund, he played centre-midfield which is my position, and I feel that he can really improve my game.

"We just need to get good results from now until the end of the season and it starts tomorrow against MK Dons. It is going to be a tough game and we need to be on our game to beat them."

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