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Franck Sauzee
"I am very happy at Easter Road"
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Monday, 5 February, 2001, 15:02 GMT
Sauzee to stay at Easter Road
Sauzee has been instrumental in Hibs' good run
Sauzee has been instrumental in Hibs' good run
Hibs' influential sweeper Franck Sauzee has pledged his future to the club by signing a new contract.

The Frenchman's new deal will keep him at Easter Road for a further two years after his current contract expires this summer.

Manager Alex McLeish, who last week put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at Easter Road for at least the next two years, described Sauzee's decision as a big boost to the club.

Sauzee has been central to Hibs' challenge at the top of the Scottish Premier League and the move will hearten the club's supporters.

For me the most important thing was to see Alex McLeish sign for two more seasons
  Franck Sauzee
McLeish said: "I am delighted to announce that Franck has committed himself to the club for a couple of years.

"The fans have taken to Franck and I think it is a measure of our quest for quality that we have managed to tie the big fella up again.

"I hope that Franck being here can be a big influence in terms of enticing other players here to the club in the future and bring out the best in the players here."

Sauzee expressed his delight at having signed the new deal.

"For me the most important thing was to see Alex McLeish sign for two more seasons," he added.

"That was absolutely important for me to see him sign - we have a very good relationship."

A host of other first-team players are also out-of-contract at the end of the season, but McLeish will be hoping to secure Russel Latapy, Stuart Lovell, Mixu Paatelainen and Nick Colgan as well.

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