Goodwillie signs new deal

Houston feels striker staying is a coup for United

Goodwillie: New contract

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Dundee United striker David Goodwillie has signed a one-year contract extension to stay at Tannadice until 2013.

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Goodwillie is one of the brightest prospects in the SPL and was the subject of two approaches during the January transfer window.

Rangers were linked with a £2million bid for the Scotland international, while Blackpool were also reportedly interested in the 22-year-old.

However, United have now agreed an extension with Goodwillie and manager Peter Houston feels it is a 'major coup' for the club.

Thrilled

Houston told the club's official website: "I am thrilled that David has agreed to extend his contract until 2013.

"To have secured his services until then is a major coup for the club.

"David has shown a terrific improvement in his overall game within the last 12 months as well as continuing to show the undoubted talent that he has always had and he is now recognised as one of the top strikers in the SPL.

"It is testament to the hard work, effort and enthusiasm of the staff that David sees his career advancing further here at Dundee United."

Goodwillie signed for United as a 14-year-old and became the youngest player to appear in a first-team match for the club when he came off the bench in the City of Discovery Cup final against Sheffield Wednesday in July 2004.

He made his competitive debut in December 2005 as a substitute in an SPL match against Rangers at Ibrox.

His fine form for the Tayside club was rewarded in November last year when he made his senior Scotland debut in a friendly against the Faroe Islands.

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