Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed an improved contract until the summer of 2021 as reward for his fine form this season.
Butland, who joined Stoke from Birmingham in January 2013 on a four-and-a-half-year deal, only signed a new contract taking him through to 2019 around a year ago.
The 23-year-old has since succeeded the departed Asmir Begovic as first-choice stopper and put in a series of impressive displays this season, leading to improved terms for the England international.
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said on the club’s official website: “We are naturally delighted that a player of Jack’s quality has signed a long-term contract.
“We’ve always held Jack in the very highest regard but he has exceeded even our expectations since Mark (Hughes, the Stoke manager) selected him as our first choice goalkeeper.
“As a club we feel it’s important that we tie down our talented young players on lengthy contracts and Jack’s new deal is a fitting reward for his progress this season.”