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Will Hughes 'delighted' after signing new long-term deal at Derby County

Will Hughes in action at Wembley Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Derby County midfielder Will Hughes says he is 'delighted' to have signed a new contract at the club, which will keep him at the iPro Stadium until 2018.

The 19-year-old's signature comes as a further boost to the club, after Jake Buxton, Jeff Hendrick and Craig Forsyth all extended their contracts in the last week.

The England Under-21 international was a stand-out performer for Derby last season, which saw him names in the PFA Championship 'Team of the Season' in April.

He made his debut for the club in November 2011, and his first start came in the last game of the 2011/12 season.

When Hughes made his debut for England Under-21s in November 2012, he became the second youngest ever player to get a cap for the side, after Theo Walcott.

Last season, he made 48 appearances, scoring 5 goals, as the Rams reached the play-off final in their bid for promotion.

Head Coach, Steve McClaren, told the club website:

We’re pleased that Will has decided to extend his contract with Derby County for the next four years.

He is promising young talent and we’re looking forward to working with him over the next few years to help continue his development.

The news comes on the day the club also confirmed the signing of Brazil-born youngster, Alefe Santos, from Bristol Rovers.

The 19-year-old had attracted interest from Premier League clubs, but opted to pen a 2-year deal at Derby.