Hanlon secures Hibs extension

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Hanlon: Has signed a contract extension to pledge his future to Hibs until 2016

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Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon has signed a two-year contract extension to stay at Easter Road until 2016.

The 21-year-old Hibs academy graduate has been captain of the side in recent weeks and has made 34 appearances this season.

Hanlon said on the club's official website: "I'm delighted to have signed a new deal; I love playing for Hibernian.

"Next season we want to give the fans something to cheer about by improving with the aim of challenging for a place in Europe.

"I've supported the club all my life and been with Hibernian since I was 14, so being given the honour of captaining the team recently has been a massive honour.

"That is a privilege and something that I will never take for granted.

"I've always enjoyed my time with the club, I feel settled here and now I want to help Hibernian achieve something special."