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Homegrown product JJ signs extra year with Hatters

31 July 2017

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The Hatters are delighted to announce that defender James Justin has signed a contract extension to 2020, with an option for a further year after that.

The new deal comes after the 19-year-old's breakthrough season in which he made 39 appearances for Nathan Jones' side, scoring once, and ended with a call-up to three England Under-19 training camps.

Justin joined the Town in 2005 aged seven, progressing through the youth ranks at his hometown club before making his first team debut on the final day of the 2015/16 season as a substitute in the 4-1 win over Exeter City.

The local lad was more than happy to add another year to the extended contract that he signed last December, as he aims to continue his development at Kenilworth Road.

He said: "I am happy to be rewarded for hard work and all that I did last season, but obviously the focus is this season and getting promoted automatically. I am looking to build on last season with the club. There was interest from other clubs, but I am fully focused on staying here and helping the team get promoted.

"I have had a few chats with the gaffer and he reiterated what he said last season about developing this season and seeing where that takes me, just helping the team however I can.

"My family are happy I am not going anywhere. They're over the moon that I want to stay. My dad played a big part in that as well."

JJ was also keen to add how important the supporters were in his decision, having been amazed by the numbers that show up every week to see the Town in action.

"The supporters were a big part of me signing the new contract," he continued.

"Whenever you step out on the pitch here, whether it be Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, they will always come in their thousands and always back the team however they can.

"When we go on away trips, it's the same. Carlisle sticks out for me – it was a Tuesday night and we took hundreds up there and that was incredible. It just shows you how big the club is."

Nathan Jones was equally happy to see his player extend his deal at Kenilworth Road as he said: "We are delighted. Even though he is a fledgling, at the early stages of his career, he is a fantastic player for us.

"Last season he really came on and this year will be a really big one for him. He has had a little bit of interest which we are well aware of, but we are just proud that him, his dad and his representatives have seen that by staying with us, they trust us with his development and by trusting us it's the best thing for his career.

"Not only is he a fantastic player and young, he is also homegrown, which is excellent. We believe that he has Premier League potential. The big thing is we have a philosophy here and an environment where everyone moves forward and develops.

"He's not the only one we have turned down offers for because we have a group of players here now that are assets and will interest other clubs. We are very proud of that."

Congratulations JJ!

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