July 5, 2018 / 8:01 PM / 2 months ago

Fulham captain Cairney agrees new five-year deal

(Reuters) - Fulham skipper Tom Cairney has agreed a five-year deal to keep him at Craven Cottage until 2023 with the option of an extra year, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Thursday.

Soccer Football - Championship Play-Off Final - Fulham vs Aston Villa - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - May 26, 2018 Fulham's Tom Cairney celebrates promotion to the Premier League Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

The 27-year-old, the team’s driving force in midfield, has scored 27 goals in 130 appearances since joining the west London club from Blackburn Rovers three years ago.

“I’m obviously delighted to extend my contract, it’s all I’ve wanted to do, and I’m just buzzing to get the season under way,” Cairney told the club website.

Cairney played a key role in Fulham’s return to the top flight after a four-year absence, helping them post a 23-match unbeaten run that culminated in a third-place finish in the Championship and a place in the playoffs.

He scored the winning goal as Fulham enjoyed a 1-0 triumph over Aston Villa in the playoff final in May.

“Premier League football is back at the Cottage, and it’s great to be part of the squad that got us there again,” said Cairney.

The news follows Fulham’s appointment of the club’s former captain Scott Parker as a first-team coach in manager Slavisa Jokanovic’s backroom staff on Wednesday.

The Premier League season begins on Aug. 11.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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