West Ham's Darren Randolph
The Republic of Ireland international played second fiddle to first-choice goalkeeper Adrian for the majority of last season, but he was used by West Ham boss Slaven Bilic in cup competitions both domestically and on the continent.
Darren Randolph in action for Ireland
The announcement regarding Randolph's new deal was made today via the club's official website, with reference being made to the goalkeeper's fantastic 2016 to date:
"West Ham United are delighted to announce that Darren Randolph has signed a new four-year contact with the club. The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper continued his superb 2016 by putting pen to paper at the Hammers’ new Rush Green training base on Sunday."
The 29-year-old former Birmingham City stopper also spoke to whufc.com in the wake of his long-term commitment to the East London club.
Darren Randolph celebrates
“It has gone better than I could have ever expected at West Ham since I joined last summer, playing as many games as I did and then starting for Ireland in the Play-off and at Euro 2016," he said.
"Signing a new contract means I want to stay here for a long time and be part of what is going on with the Club, moving into a new Stadium and a new Training Ground – it’s all very positive and exciting.”
Since moving to West Ham in the summer of last year, Randolph has made 15 appearances for the club and performed admirably while proving himself to be an able replacement for the club's Spanish number one stopper when called upon.
He has 13 caps for the Republic of Ireland to his name, and the experience he gained by representing his country at Euro 2016 will be pivotal in his development as a top-class goalkeeper.
Darren Randolph has extended his contract with West Ham