GOALKEEPER Callum Hawkins has signed a new contract with Burton Albion, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2021.
Hawkins, whose initial contract was set to expire at the end of this season, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training back in August and has been working on his rehabilitation since then.
But his work in rehab, as well as the promise he has shown thus far, has led to the 20-year-old being offered a new deal, with manager Nigel Clough feeling the new contract is just reward for that hard work.
“We wanted to reward him for the all the hard work he’s put in, and for him not to worry about rushing back,” said Clough.
“He’s out of contract in the summer so we try to be loyal like that, as a club, and look after the players.
"It gives him another year to prove himself but the main thing is this can give him.
“We were very pleased with what he was doing up until his injury.”
Clough also offered an update on how Hawkins and midfielder Ben Fox, who has also suffered an ACL injury, are getting on.
“He’s coming on - he and Foxy are doing very well,” said Clough.
“They’re outside and they’re running, getting a little feel of the ball.
“They’re on schedule.”
Hawkins was quick to praise the staff, the club and the players for their support.
“I’m delighted - it’s been a rough ride this year but it’s been enjoyable and I can’t thank the staff enough for all they’ve done for me,” said Hawkins.
“All the young lads who’ve come through and then the experienced pros like Bucko and Bray, they’ve all given me advice and it’s helped me a lot through the last 18 months.
“It’s about enjoying it and keeping a smile on your face.”
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