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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 December 2007, 12:26 GMT
Fletcher signs biggest Hibs deal
Hibs striker Steven Fletcher
Fletcher has become the highest-paid player at Easter Road
Scotland Under-21 striker Steven Fletcher has ended speculation about his future with Hibernian by signing an extension to his contract.

The 20-year-old has secured an improved deal that ties him to the Scottish Premier League club for a further two seasons, until summer 2013.

BBC Sport understands it makes him the highest-paid player at Easter Road.

Manager John Collins said: "Steven is a very important part of our plans and so it was vital that he felt secure here."

Fletcher's agent had claimed that the striker could leave if he was not given improved terms now that he was a regular starter in the first team.

"Having signed a new contract, Steven has demonstrated his own belief that this is the best place for a young player to forward his career," said Collins.

I am still only 20 and so have a great deal to learn yet

Steven Fletcher

"We will be moving into a new training facility soon and that will further enhance the quality we can offer players at every level.

"Steven will benefit from that and I'm certain he will become an even better player as a result."

Fletcher, a product of the club's youth system, had been quoted as saying that he had never wanted to leave the Edinburgh club, despite reported interest from bigger clubs.

And he told the club website that he saw his long-term future with Hibs.

"I am still only 20 and so have a great deal to learn yet and I believe that the best place for me to do that is right here at Easter Road," he said.

"Looking back, there have been a lot of highlights, but scoring two in the CIS Insurance Cup final at Hampden in March was something very special.

"With the rest of the side, I'm very much focusing on more success for Hibernian, this is still a very young and talented squad and we have a great deal to look forward to."

Fletcher has made 129 appearances for Hibs, scoring 34 goals and is the leading scorer this season with eight goals.


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