Ex-Newcastle and Birmingham man's fine MLS form rewarded with fresh contract

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Obafemi Martins' MVP-worthy 2014 season has seen the Seattle Sounders hand their star striker a multi-year contract extension.

Obafemi Martins’ importance to the Seattle Sounders was underlined on Tuesday, when the MLS side moved to tie their star striker down to a multi-year contract extension on his 30th birthday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s understood that it will keep Martins in the Pacific North West for the next three seasons, having established himself among the league’s top performers since arriving from Levante in March 2013 for $4 million.

‘I'm very happy to have signed a contract to be with this team and these players for multiple years,’ the former Newcastle United man told MLSsoccer.com.

‘This season is not over yet, so I'm excited to do more and score more goals, but it's nice to know I'll be here going forward.’

Martins netted eight times in 20 league games during his inaugural MLS campaign, but has contributed even more to the attack in 2014, linking up with Fulham icon and USA captain Clint Dempsey to form a deadly strike-partnership.

Recording 17 goals and 13 assists to break the club’s single-season scoring record, the Nigerian front man also delivered the game-winning assist in last weekend’s 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy, securing the club the Supporters’ Shield as the team with the best regular-season record, and his status as one of the MVP award’s front-runners.

Coming just a month after winning their fourth US Open Cup title in six seasons, the Sounders are now targeting a first-ever MLS Cup title to complete a historic domestic treble, and owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer reiterated just how important Martins has been to the recent run of success.

‘Oba has been an integral part of our team on and off the field, and has established himself as one of the premier players in MLS,’ he said.

‘He was a monumental signing when he first joined us last season, and we are thrilled that he will continue his career with Sounders FC.’

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