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Morrell pens new deal

Joe Morrell has put pen to paper on a new contract, tying him to the club until the summer of 2019.

The new deal for the Wales Under-21 international – who is currently on loan at Cheltenham Town - also includes the option of an additional year.

Head coach Lee Johnson told bcfc.co.uk: “Joe has done very well at Cheltenham so far and has proven himself at League Two level.

“Since I’ve been here, Joe has shown an exemplary attitude over the two seasons, so I’m delighted he has signed a new deal and I’m looking forward to helping him develop his game further.”

Morrell told the club website: “I’ve been at the club since the age of 12 so I’m delighted to have signed this new deal, which will take me to ten years’ service.

“The loan at Cheltenham has been great for me. To be honest, they were my only option so I’m very grateful to Gary Johnson for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play games.

“I knew I would have to take my chance when it came and that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s been a real confidence boost to be playing regularly and having such an influence in games.”

The midfielder made his City debut at the age of 16 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Wycombe Wanderers.

He had to wait just shy of four years for his second appearance for the club, which came in this season’s 5-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup.

The 20-year-old has spent brief loan spells with Sutton United and Margate in the past few seasons, but has shone on his latest temporary spell at Whaddon Road.

This season the Academy graduate has made 13 appearances for the Gloucestershire side in Sky Bet League Two, winning a number of Man of the Match awards, whilst also scoring his first senior goal.