Wednesday 09 July 2014
Two of the clubs promoted to the Barclays Premier League have resolved the futures of players who helped them to reach the top flight, with Leicester City forward David Nugent and Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield signing new contracts.
Nugent, 29, has signed a new two-year deal after scoring 20 goals in 46 Championship matches as the Foxes won the title. He also provided 12 assists with only two players in the division having a better figure.
"We’ve got a great chance of doing well in the Premier League"
“I’m delighted to have signed for two years and I’m really looking forward to testing myself with the rest of the squad in the best league in the world,” he told lcfc.com. “Last season was the best of my career in terms of goals and assists, but I wouldn’t have managed it without the lads around me so I’m really pleased the squad has been kept together. I think we’ve got a great chance of doing well in the Premier League.”
Nugent has been with Leicester for three seasons, following spells with Bury, Preston North End, Portsmouth and Burnley. He made 34 Barclays Premier League appearances for Portsmouth while featuring in 30 matches while on loan at Burnley in their previous campaign in the top flight.
“David’s contribution to the squad goes a lot further than the goals he scores or the assists he provides,” Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said. “He’s a striker that works incredibly hard for the team and helps us to set a tempo that other teams found difficult to cope with last season.
“He’s a hugely popular, infectious character in the dressing room and a really important part of this group, so I’m delighted that he’ll be staying with us in the Premier League.”
Arfield, 25, had one year left on his contract with Burnley and has committed his future to the club until 2017 with a new three-year deal. He played a key role for the Clarets last season, making 49 appearances in all competitions and scoring nine goals as Burnley finished runners-up to Leicester.
"We’ve got a great bunch of lads and there is a real togetherness in the squad"
“I’m delighted to have extended my deal with the club as this is where I want to be playing my football under this management,” he told burnleyfootballclub.com. “We had a great year last season and this is a club is going in the right direction so I’m made up to be a part of that.
“I felt like I was getting back to my best last season and a massive factor behind that was because I was enjoying my football and I felt I could go out and express myself.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads and there is a real togetherness in the squad, with everyone pulling in the same direction. Obviously it is going to be a tough season ahead but if we stick together and work as hard as we did last year then I think we can have a successful season.”