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Scunthorpe United skipper Cliff Byrne signs new deal

Cliff Byrne
Byrne has helped Scunthorpe win three promotions

Scunthorpe United skipper Cliff Byrne has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The 28-year-old defender's previous deal expired at the end of the season but he has now agreed to stay at Glanford Park until 2012.

He told BBC Radio Humberside: "It's been in the pipeline for a while and I wanted to commit my future to the club.

"The club have shown a lot of faith in me and hopefully I'll repay that faith over the coming years."

Byrne signed for Scunthorpe in 2003 following a successful loan from Sunderland and has played 294 times for the Iron.

He has also helped them to three promotions and two Wembley appearances.

And after seeing the club secure their status in the Championship for next season Byrne said there was little doubt that he would extend his stay.

"There's always elements of doubt because football can change day-to-day but I've always had a good understanding and relationship with both the manager and the chairman since the first day I came here and that wasn't going to change," Byrne added.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here which has been quite a successful time and it's been an absolute pleasure to be a part of it and contribute to it so hopefully we can continue that success."

The Irish defender's new deal will put him in line for a possible testimonial, with almost 10 years of service at Glanford Park.

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17 Jul 08 |  Scunthorpe
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01 Mar 07 |  Scunthorpe
Byrne ready for the challenge
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Iron keep Byrne
14 Jan 03 |  Scunthorpe Utd

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