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Boss: Boyle fully deserves new contract

19 April 2018

Manager Gary Johnson has praised the manner in which defender Will Boyle has developed this season – insisting he fully deserves his new deal at the Robins.

Boyle has clocked up 58 appearances for the club since arriving 18 months ago.

And Johnson is delighted that contract negotiations have ended with the former Huddersfield man penning a new contract.

“It’s been well documented over the last two or three days and it’s very good news,” he said. ”I am really pleased. I said last Saturday, all the information everybody asked for, as to where we were at the time.

“When someone decides to stay at a club for two seasons it’s a big decision and he’s made, in the end, the right decision in my opinion.

“I tried to tell him that a couple of days earlier, but the whole thing has been very amicable as he’s ended up signing so we have a quality player for the next two years and we don’t have to worry about going out and finding a replacement, so that’s good.

“He’s had a really good second half to the season so he deserves his contract.

“We have worked very hard on Will,” added Johnson. “He came in when he was 20 or 21 and still young and immature as a centre-half is concerned, not as far as a bloke is concerned, but in terms of football and league games.

“We have already put that energy and work-rate into him and he’s come out of it well. We didn’t want to waste all that energy.

“Downesy has done a lot of work with him, I have, Russ has, Tim Bell has done lots in terms of stats and showing him his individual games, picking out good and bad points.

“Gav Crowe has worked hard with him on his fitness and health, as has Ian Hutton. The only one who hasn’t done much for him probably is Booky, so I’ll have to have a word with him about that! We are pleased it’s done and we move on.”

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