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Matt Oakley signs extended Leicester City deal

Matt Oakley
Oakley has scored four goals in 30 games this season

Leicester City midfielder Matt Oakley has signed a new deal which keeps him at the Walkers Stadium until June 2012.

The club captain, 33, joined from Derby County in 2008 and has been a key figure in helping them recover from relegation to League One in 2008.

Although he has been used sparingly this term, starting just 17 games, boss Sven-Goran Eriksson was thrilled.

Eriksson said: "It's important to have people like Matt. He is not only a good player but an excellent professional."

Oakley, who skippered the club back to the Championship in his first full season, has made 140 appearances for the Foxes, passing 500 career appearances in the process.

It seems only a matter of time before we achieve our ambition of Premier League football

Matt Oakley

Eriksson added: "He has a positive influence on his colleagues and his experience in the game will be invaluable."

Oakley told the club website: "I've had three fantastic years with Leicester, during which the club has made huge progress on the road back to the top flight - the level our supporters deserve to see City playing at.

"With the ambition of the owners, the vision of the manager and the talent in our squad, it seems only a matter of time before we achieve our ambition of Premier League football and I'm delighted I'll have the opportunity to continue to be part of the journey."



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10 Feb 09 |  Leicester
Foxes' confidence high - Oakley
17 Dec 08 |  Leicester
Oakley secures Leicester switch
11 Jan 08 |  Leicester


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