ELLINGTON TO STAY WITH ROVERS

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NATHAN ELLINGTON, Bristol Rovers' prodigious striker has signed a one-year extension to his current contract in a move that will keep him at The Memorial Stadium until 2003.

Having sold Jamie Cureton and Jason Roberts, Ellington has been thrust into the limelight and has responded well with nine goals so far this season.

At just 19, Ellington has a great future ahead of him and looks likely to move on for much more than the £150,000 Rovers paid for him, with Premiership side Tottenham reportedly taking an interest in him.

Ellington said: "I'm very excited to sign.  It was no secret that at the time I joined Rovers there were one or two big Premiership clubs who wanted me.

"But I chose to come here because I thought I would get better personal attention when it came to coaching and the chance to play first team football.

"The club have rewarded me with a better contract and I'd like to reward them, if I can, by getting the goals that will help us reach a better position in the table."

The Pirates' manager, Ian Holloway said: "I'm very pleased Nathan has signed.  He has done very well in difficult circumstances this season, but I think he can get even better.

"He is a special player who has taken on a lot of responsibility this season and I think he will go all the way to the top."