Date: 19th January 2018 at 7:48am
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Blackburn have further secured the services of Joe Nuttall on a new long-term contract.

Nuttall, 20, has impressed since his arrival from Aberdeen last summer, which has led to him being offered – and now signing – a new three-and-a-half-year deal that means the forward will remain at Ewood Park until at least 2021.

His performances in the U23 side, scoring 12 goals, quickly saw Nuttall brought into Tony Mowbray’s first team plans, which has seen him feature in 15 games in total scoring five goals, including one on his League One debut against Fleetwood, a side we face again at the weekend.

A delighted Nuttall told the Official Website: ‘As a young footballer you work hard to get a long contract at a big club and I’m over the moon. It’s a big weight off my shoulders and now I can hopefully focus on my football, kick on and do the best I can.’

He is very appreciative of the help and support given since signing from Aberdeen in the summer, which has seen him rapidly grow as a player.

Nuttall added: ‘It’s been unreal the way the season has gone. I have to thank the players and staff for helping me. I want to be the best player I can be. Once I got in the door here I knew I’d improve under the manager and the staff. As a striker you always have to score. The start I had with the Under-23s was great and helped me get into the first team here.’

The forward went on to admit he wasn’t expecting his first team opportunity to come as quickly as it did for Blackburn but had confidence in his ability to produce the goods. However, Nuttall isn’t taking his place for granted and knows he’s got to continue to work extremely hard.

He finished: ‘You have to keep working hard, keep pushing and not resting on your laurels. Scoring goals consistently at first team level is always hard. I think the help from the players and staff and the belief they’ve shown in me has been a massive help.’

Securing the long-term future of another up and coming player, who should continue to grow with Blackburn, can only be a good thing for Rovers.

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