Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has today (Thursday) signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until June 2019.

Blackman, 20, joined our Academy at Under-13s age group and has since gone on to earn international recognition for England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level.

He was an ever-present during our triumphant FA Youth Cup campaign in 2011/12 and was part of the first team squad which visited America the following summer.

The youngster was first-choice goalkeeper for the Under-21s during the 2012/13 season, and featured for the first team in a friendly against Manchester City in the US last May.

He was part of the first team squad during the 2013/14 campaign, training regularly alongside Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer, while also playing for the Under-21s at times.

Blackman was a hero in our Under-21 Premier League play-off semi-final against Manchester City when he saved two penalties in the decisive shoot-out. He also played in the final, a 2-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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