Leicester city captain, Wes Morgan have signed a new three year deal to remain at the club till 2019.The club confirmed the 35-years old contract extension in a statement on their website which reads;
Leicester City are delighted to announce that Premier League-winning captain Wes Morgan has signed a new contract to keep him at King Power Stadium until June, 2019.
A leader on and off the pitch, Morgan enjoyed the season of his life in 2015/16, as he led his teammates to the Premier League title – an achievement that ranks as one of the greatest in English football history. The 32-year-old, who also represented Jamaica at this summer’s Copa America competition in the USA, is only the third outfield player to feature in every minute of a Premier League-winning campaign, after John Terry in 2014/15 for Chelsea and Gary Pallister in 1992/93 for Manchester United.
Morgan told LCFC.com: “To commit my future to Leicester City is a wonderful feeling. 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.”
Since signing from midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in January 2012, Morgan has gone on to make 196 appearances for the Foxes, scoring eight goals – two of which came in last season’s title run-in against Southampton and Manchester United. Powerful, committed and inspirational, the skipper was the bedrock of Leicester City’s title-winning defence – a unit that conceded just 11 Premier League goals in 2016 en route to the title.
That form earned Morgan a spot in the Professional Footballers’ Association Team of the Year before he completed what many believe is the greatest sporting underdog story of them all by lifting the Premier League trophy alongside manager Claudio Ranieri against Everton on 7 May. Those scenes came just two years after he lifted the Championship trophy in a Leicester City shirt, while he also won promotion from League 1 with Nottingham Forest in 2008. During that time Morgan has completed the remarkable feat of being named in the Championship Team of the Year three times as well as the Football League Team of the Decade.
Leicester City manager Ranieri added: “Wes is a leader and a warrior. I’m so happy that he’s committed his future to Leicester City Football Club. It’s a wonderful time to be part of this team. Last season was so special and Wes was fantastic. Now we have another huge season ahead of us and we need him.”
In a career that has spanned the top four divisions, Morgan has chalked up over 600 appearances in total. Despite not tasting top-flight football until the age of 30, Morgan was able to use all of his experience to lead his team to the title by a margin of 10 points. Widely liked and respected by players, staff and supporters alike, Morgan’s impeccable leadership on and off the pitch has been a key factor in Leicester City’s rise and stands him out as one of the greatest captains in the Club’s 132-year history.
Now having signed a new contract, Morgan is again set to lead Leicester City into uncharted territory as they embark not only upon a defence of their Premier League crown, but also a first-ever Champions League campaign.