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David Edwards pens new Wolves deal

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Wolves midfielder David Edwards has penned a new contract at Molineux - tying him to the club until 2019.

The Welsh international's previous deal had been due to expire at the end of the season.

But he has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract. If he sees out the deal he will have been at Wolves for 12 years, having joined the club in January 2008. The contract has the option of an extra year in the club's favour.

The 30-year-old said: "I am both proud and excited to have agreed a deal to extend my stay at this great club.

"When you go into your last year, there is always that little doubt about injuries and what may happen, so it is great to have got something sorted out.

"It is great for a player to have that reassurance that the club want you, and that Wolves wanted me as much as I wanted to stay here.

"To be part of this club is amazing – I still remember the day I signed and even just making my first appearance was a huge honour.

"To have extended that stay into possibly 11, 12 years, is just incredible, and I feel a very fortunate man.

"It is great that the gaffer wanted to get this deal sorted out and now it is up to me to reward him on the pitch with my performances."

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New boss Paul Lambert said the deal was 'great news for the club and Dave'.

He added: "I think it was important for us to get Dave's future secured.

"First and foremost he can still do it on the pitch, - he is a terrific professional with terrific energy levels and he has got a goal in him as well.

"He also knows the club, and his influence around the place, the character that he is, and his experience, is needed to help what is a fairly young squad of players."

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Edwards has regularly been the oldest player in Wolves' matchday squads in the past couple of seasons.

He captained the side during the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last month with Danny Batth suspended.

Sporting director Kevin Thelwell added: "We are delighted that Dave has agreed a deal to extend his stay at Wolves beyond the end of this season.

"He has been at Wolves for almost nine years, and isn't far off 300 appearances, and has been through some good times and some tough times both as a player and with the team.

"His experience and professionalism, as well as the ability which has seen him picked so regularly for both club and country by a series of different managers and coaches, makes him a key part of Paul's plans going forward, and is particularly important when the squad has gone through a period of change.

"We talk a lot at Wolves about having good people as well as good players, and Dave fits into both of those categories and always leads by example whatever the team's fortunes on the pitch.

"We are pleased to have him on board as Paul looks to take the club forward to successful times in the coming years."

Edwards was one of three senior players who went into the last year of their contracts this season.

Batth signed a new deal earlier in the campaign and goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been in talks over extending his contract.

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