ALEX SMITHIES has signed a two-year contract extension with Huddersfield Town.
The Wembley play-off final hero has agreed new terms through to 2015 – and Town have the option of extending the contract for a further 12 months after that.
It’s a tremendous boost for the club, riding high in second place in the Championship, as they prepare to face Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday looking for a fourth successive win.
The Academy product and former England Under 19 prospect from the Colne Valley, now 22, has spent his entire career with Town and was in the England Under 21 reckoning when ruled out by injury.
He returned in spectacular style last season, helping Simon Grayson’s side reach the League I play-off final, where he took centre stage in the deciding penalty shoot-out.
Smithies made two crucial saves to get Town back in the hunt against Sheffield United and then scored what proved to be the winning penalty himself in the sensational 8-7 success.
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Smithies said: “There’s obviously a lot of momentum behind the club at the moment following our promotion to the Championship and I want to make sure I am a part of it.
“This club is moving forward quickly and everyone is so excited about what could happen here.
“I’m glad my contract extension has been resolved so quickly and easily, as I want to focus entirely on my football.
“It’s been great to play all the games so far this season, but with the competition we have for places here means that you have to be at it every single day.
“I feel fit and well, so my sole focus is on keeping my performances at a high level.”