Date: 28th April 2006 at 3:33pm
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Kyle Lafferty has signed a new 12-month extension to his contract. His first professional deal was originally due to expire in summer 2008 but this now runs until Summer 2009.

Kyle enjoyed a loan spell at Darlington at the start of this year, scoring three goals during his time in the North East. He has also featured on the bench quite regularly for the Clarets this season and has been given a chance to shine in a number of recent matches

The Northern Ireland Under 20 striker has made 11 appearances for the Clarets this season but has often been in the shadow of Michael Ricketts since the loan player’s arrival in the New Year following the departure of Ade Akinbiyi. Some,including myself thought we should have seen more of Kyle in these last few matches as we played out the season. The argument being that we could have given him more experience for next season is these ‘nothing to play for’ games. Indeed some fans were doubting if Kyle featured in Steve Cotterill’s long-term plans because of his preference for playing Ricketts. In recent matches, he has also seemed to have lacked a bit of confidence in front of goal, fluffing a few easy shots

This latest announcement however puts all doubt to one side and is great news. We all congratulate Kyle on his contract extension.

Lets hope the faith Steve has shown in him now improves his confidence and we see him more and more on the scoresheet in 2006-7