Thursday, 24 March 2011

Oakley puts pen to paper

Re-signed: Oakley in action for the Foxes reserves today
Foxes skipper Matt Oakley has signed a new contract that extends his current deal by a year. The ex-Derby man has played less of a prominent role of late as Leicester look towards the play-offs with Yuki Abe, Richie Wellens and young Andy King at the heart of the first team. Oakley has, however, much to offer off the pitch as well as on it, according to Sven Goran Eriksson.

"I am very happy that we have agreed an extension with Matt. He is not only a good football player, but he is an excellent professional.It is important for us to have people like Matt around the club, especially as we often have a young team out on the pitch. He has a positive influence on his colleagues and his experience in the game will be invaluable for us."

Oakley - along with first team regulars Lloyd Dyer, Paul Gallagher, Darius Vassell, Yakubu and Wellens - played a behind-closed-doors reserve team friendly against West Bromwich Albion this afternoon. The strong Foxes side, also including the returning from injury Aleksandar Tunchev and Steve Howard, lost out by a single goal from Baggies' striker Simon Cox.
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