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Fulham defender Briggs signs contract extension

last updated Tuesday 01st March 2011, 5:39 PM
Fulham defender Matthew Briggs
Fulham defender
Matthew Briggs
Matthew Briggs
Fulham defender Matthew Briggs has signed a contract extension to keep him at Craven Cottage until 2014.

The Fulham defender became the youngest Premier League player in history when he made his debut as a 16-year-old at Middlesbrough in 2007.

However, he has found his opportunities limited until Mark Hughes took over in the summer.

The Whites boss handed Briggs his first start against Port Vale in the Carling Cup, and his performance meant he kept his place against Chelsea and Arsenal.

But he suffered a setback when he was forced to have an operation on his calves, while he also been dogged by an ankle injury.

However, Hughes has seen enough of the England U19 international, who has returned to full fitness, to hand him a new three-year deal in SW6.

Fulham FC statement:
Fulham FC can confirm that Matthew Briggs has signed a contract extension with the Club that will see the defender remain at the Cottage until at least the summer of 2014.

Briggs made history in 2007 by becoming the youngest Premier League player in history when he made his senior debut at the tender age of 16 years and 65 days against Middlesbrough.

The promising England U19 international was handed his first start for Fulham on the 25th August 2010 as Fulham recorded an emphatic 6-0 win over Port Vale in the Carling Cup. Briggs' impressive performance at the Cottage included an assist for Zoltan Gera's opening goal of the game.

Briggs' display against Port Vale was rewarded with a start against Chelsea in the West London derby at Stamford Bridge before injury interrupted his spell in the First Team during Fulham's game against Arsenal at the Emirates in December 2010.

Source Jacob Murtagh at Fulham Chronicle
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