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Tannadice duo extend Dundee United contracts

Scott Robertson, Peter Houston and Keith Watson
Robertson and Watson have overcome serious injury problems

Scotland midfielder Scott Robertson and right-back Keith Watson have signed contract extensions with Dundee United.

Robertson has agreed a deal for an extra season, until May 2012, while Watson's two-year extension means his contract lasts until May 2013.

Both players' progress has been hampered by injury problems.

But manager Peter Houston said: "These further contract extensions demonstrate that we are all fully focused on the long-term future of Dundee United."

Houston, who has been caretaker since December but is expected to sign a permanent contract on Thursday, last week extended the contracts of 18-year-olds Scott Allan and Ryan Dow, both products of United's youth system, by two years until May 2012.

Dow recently made his first-team debut against Rangers, winning the man of the match award, while Allan has been capped at youth level for Scotland.

Scott Robertson has proved himself to be capable of playing at the highest level

Dundee United manager Peter Houston

Robertson, 25, won his first full international caps within months of joining United from neighbours Dundee in summer 2008.

But he picked up an injury that sidelined him for the second half of the season and, although he returned at the start of the current campaign, a recurrence of the problem ruled him out for much of the season, although he was able to win a place on the bench for Saturday's Scottish Cup final win over Ross County.

"Scott Robertson has proved himself to be capable of playing at the highest level and, were it not for injury, I'm sure he would have received further recognition at international level," said Houston.

"He's just back from a long spell on the sidelines and it will be a great boost to have him back as a first-team regular next season."

Houston delighted at new contracts

Watson, a product of United's youth system, made his first-team debut in January 2007, shortly after he had turned 17.

However, knee injuries sidelined him for the next two years as a result of knee injuries.

Now 20, Watson returned to first-team action in March and has since featured regularly for the side and, like Robertson, won a Cup-winners' medal as a substitute.

"Keith Watson was recognised as having great potential as soon as we arrived at the club and it is very pleasing to see him battle back from serious injury to challenge for a regular first-team starting berth," said Houston. "I have high hopes for his future."



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