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Blackburn extend Phil Jones' contract until summer 2016

Phil Jones
Jones is one of Blackburn's brightest prospects

Blackburn defender Phil Jones has signed a new contract at Ewood Park which runs until the summer of 2016.

Currently injured, the 18-year-old England Under-21 international agreed a one-year extension on Tuesday.

"This is great news, especially on the back of so many other key players committing themselves to the club," said Rovers manager Steve Kean.

"Phil has made incredible progress and his form, prior to his unfortunate injury, attracted a lot of attention."

Jones - who can play in both central defence and midfield - follows the likes of captain Chris Samba, Michel Salgado, Jason Roberts and Mark Bunn in agreeing new contracts in the last month.

"It speaks volumes that Phil is happy to stay here for the long term and we are all absolutely delighted," added Kean.

Jones played every match for Rovers in the Premier League this season before getting injured against West Ham in December, after which he underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

He has recently returned to light training and could be back in the squad as early as mid-March.

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