Leicester City award Wes Morgan new contract, skipper explains delight at extension

Wes Morgan celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leicester

The 32-year-old was a key figure as the Foxes completed defied the odds to lift the Premier League last season.

Wes Morgan celebrates after scoring the first goal for LeicesterWes Morgan celebrates after scoring for Leicester

Leicester City have rewarded Premier League winning captain Wes Morgan with a new contract, which now runs until 2019, and the defender was more than happy to explain why he was so eager to extend his stay on the Foxes website.

The former Nottingham Forest man has had a quite astonishing last 12 months, but he is not the only one in the dressing room at the King Power Stadium for whom that has been the case. But it is that dressing room that Morgan is delighted to remain part of.

“To commit my future to Leicester City is a wonderful feeling," Morgan told the club website. "Everyone knows how I feel about playing for this Club and with my teammates, so I’m proud to have the chance to carry on wearing the shirt long term.

“Lifting that Premier League trophy was a moment I will never forget and it’s still sinking in. Now we’ve got to give it everything to defend it as well as showing what we can do in the Champions League.

“We all know that what we’ve got in that dressing room is something special, so I can’t wait to get the new season started with the boys so we can once again give it our best for each other and for our fantastic supporters.”

Morgan went from delight at having helped the Foxes dramatically turn around the prospect of relegation in the 2014-15 season to lifting the Premier League trophy in what must be one of the biggest turnarounds in the history of English football.

The powerful Jamaican international was not at the forefront of Leicester's early season ability to outscore their opposition, though of course he played a part in that impressive opening few months.

Leicester City's Wes Morgan in action with Swansea's Wayne RoutledgeLeicester City's Wes Morgan in action with Swansea's Wayne Routledge

But it was the second half of the season that Morgan, alongside Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs, Danny Simpson and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, came to the fore, with Leicester becoming dogged and resolute in defence and notching a series of 1-0 victories that became the backbone of their title challenge.

Morgan also made the difference at the other end of the pitch on more than one occasion, with crucial goals against Southampton and Manchester United in the title run-in that won the Foxes points.

With Leicester rewarding the likes of Jamie Vardy with a new contract this summer, there aren't many supporters who would have begrudged Morgan his own extension.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson, Kasper Schmeichel, Riyad Mahrez, Andy King, Christian Fuchs, Danny Drinkwater, Leonardo Ulloa, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy with the trophy on the bus during the paradeLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson, Kasper Schmeichel, Riyad Mahrez, Andy King, Christian Fuchs, Danny Drinkwater, Leonardo Ulloa, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy with the trophy on the bus during the parade

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