Pedersen puts pen-to-paper
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Morten Gamst Pedersen has agreed a new four-year contract with Blackburn.
Morten Gamst Pedersen has agreed a new four-year contract with Blackburn to remain at the club until 2010.
Rovers have been in discussions with the Norwegian international since the end of last season and all parties have now agreed to extend a deal which still had two years left to run.
The signing of a new contract is evidence of the high regard in which Pedersen is held by Mark Hughes and will ward off any interest from the likes of Premiership rivals Tottenham.
A £1.5 million signing from Tromso by ex-boss Graeme Souness in August 2004, Pedersen initially struggled to adapt to The Premiership but, after being given another chance by Hughes, immediately made a name for himself as a player with an eye for goal.
Pedersen scored ten from midfield - many of them spectacular strikes - as Rovers finished sixth last season and chairman John Williams was delighted to reveal the extension of Pedersen's stay at Ewood Park.
"We are absolutely delighted that Morten has extended his deal with the club," Williams told the club's official website. "He has made a major impact here and it is very good news that he is happy to sign a new deal.
"Morten has become a big player for us and I am sure this news will be warmly welcomed by all Rovers fans."