Date: 12th January 2012 at 2:15pm
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David Edgar has signed a new contract at Turf Moor. The 24-year-old`s current contract had been due to expire at the end of next season but this has now been extended until June 2014.

The Canadian international signed from Newcastle United in July, 2009 for a fee set at an initial £300,000 by a transfer tribunal but then found his appearances for the Clarets limited both under Owen Coyle and Brian Laws. In his first two seasons at Turf Moor, he made just 14 appearances and was then sent out on loan to Swansea City before returning in the summer of 2010.

Eddie Howe though has shown faith in the defender and he is now a regular starter in the back four. He has played mainly in the centre of defence but has also recently played at right back standing in for the suspended Kieran Trippier. Edgar has started all but two Championship games this season and he now looks set to be a key member of the Clarets squad for the next few seasons at least.

“I think it`s a reward for his performances and also his attitude and how he has conducted himself,” said Howe.

“He has shown a real willingness to improve on the training pitch, which is so important to us.

“I think he will only continue to get better and I think potentially he could be a real asset to this football club.”

“David has had a good season. He has got better and better. He is a young footballing centre-half who previous to this season had not had many games or opportunities.

“We`ve continually picked him, which I think speaks volumes for his performances of late, especially where he has formed a good partnership with Ben and with Michael.

“Hopefully he will just get better and better and continue to develop in the way that we want.

“I think the good thing about David is that he is a terrific footballer and he really suits how we are trying to go in terms of playing out from the back.

“Hopefully, though, this isn`t the end. We don`t want David to take a backward step now. We want him to get even better and his aim should be to try and be my first choice centre-half.”

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