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Huddersfield Town prospect Philip Billing signs long-term deal

Contract terms to 2020

Huddersfield Town have agreed a new long-term contract with exciting midfield prospect Philip Billing.

And with big things expected of the 6ft 5in Danish teenager, that’s great news for both the club and head coach David Wagner.

Billing, who was under contract until 2017 with Town having the option of a further year, has now signed until 2020 (no additional clause).

He will hope to make a seventh appearance under the German, and 11th in all for Town, in the home Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

"I am very happy that Phil has signed a new contract with Huddersfield," said Wagner.

"As I have said many times before, keeping our good players here is just as important as looking for new talent to bring in and this adds to new contracts for Sean Scannell, Joe Lolley, Harry Bunn and Joe Murphy.

"Philip is a talent and he is a good character as well. We are proud he is our player. He is progressing very well, which is no surprise as he is football intelligent.

"He has taken his opportunity in the team recently, showing he can bring his performance to the pitch.

"However, we have a lot more work to do with him. We still have a lot of work to do to make him the player I expect him to be."

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Signed from Esbjerg in 2013, Billing made his first-team debut from the bench at home to Leicester City back in April 2014, when Mark Robins was manager.

But he didn’t feature again at first-team level until September, when Chris Powell introduced him as a half-time substitute in the 2-1 win at Charlton Athletic.

Billing, who has represented Denmark at Under 19 level, made his first start in Powell’s final match as manager, the 2-2 draw at Reading in November.

He picked up an ankle injury in the next game, the 3-0 home defeat by Leeds United, which left him playing catch-up in Wagner’s early weeks at the helm.

Sky Bet Championship - Nottingham Forest v Huddersield Town - Philip Billing scores town's second goal.

An eventful campaign continued with a spectacular first Town goal in the 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest in February.

Billing was then shown a controversial straight red card in the 1-1 draw at MK Dons.

After Town failed in an appeal, he served a three-match ban and returned to make a sixth career start in the 4-1 win at Leeds United before the international break.


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