Chelsea youth centre-back Alex Davey has signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge, after his last one was due to expire in the summer.
Happy to have agreed to sign a new deal with Chelsea #cfc— Alex Davey (@davey_alex) December 3, 2014
The 20-year-old, who moved to Scunthorpe United on-loan at the end of the month, had been ever-present for Chelsea at youth level and has made nearly 100 appearances at the various age levels. He has partnered both Nathan Ake and Andreas Christensen along the way to a number of accolades and achievements.
Chelsea's official website added the contract would run until 2016 and was signed on his departure to join League One club Scunthorpe United on loan.
After making his debut for Scunthorpe at the weekend, the Iron's manager Mark Robins lauded the highly-rated defender and dubbed him 'excellent' in their 2-1 away win against Barnsley.
''Alex [Davey] was excellent,'' Robins told the Scunthorpe telegraph. ''I thought the two centre halves were really strong and solid.
''They defended everything that was launched from the back of Barnsley's defence and I thought they dealt with the aerial bombardment really well, against good players.
''Devante Cole [Manchester City loanee] has come on a tonne since he's been here, he looks a real threat. Then obviously there's [Marcello] Trotta.''
The new deal at Chelsea allows the player to concentrate on his first taste of first-team football while in Lincolnshire rather than worrying about his future in West London.
Following on from his promising debut in League One, the young defender now needs to build on that and show that he is more than capable of handling the strikers at that level in order to prove he can go on to bigger stages in the future.
If he can prove himself an outstanding defender in League One, it may open the door to a Championship, maybe even a Premier League, loan next season and really get his career started.
The competition at Chelsea, especially in the centre of defence, does mean that he will have to go more than the extra mile to get a chance at Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues hierarchy would not have offered him fresh terms if they didn't believe he had the potential to manage it.