Hibernian FC today announced that midfielder Sam Stanton has signed a new deal, which sees him commit to the Club for four years after agreeing to extend his contract until the summer of 2018 - cementing a key part of Manager Terry Butcher's planning of his squad.

The 19-year-old midfielder graduated from the club's Academy - joining the youth set-up when he was 12 - and has subsequently made a big impact at first team level. This season Stanton has emerged as a first team regular for the club and earned international recognition with Scotland under-21s.

Now the Leither and lifelong Hibernian supporter says he is looking forward to continuing his development at Easter Road.

Stanton said: "I'm very excited about the future here at Hibs and I'm delighted to have agreed an extension to my contract.

"It was a really easy decision for me to make; I've always wanted to play for Hibs and everything that has happened so far has been like a dream come true for me.

"There is a lot to look forward to and I'm pleased to be on board for the next four years; to get that recognition from the club was a great feeling.

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"Right now though, we've got to make sure we finish this season positively.

"We've got five games left and if we stick to our task then the wins will come and hopefully that's exactly what will happen."

Manager Terry Butcher says he is aiming to make Stanton a key part of his long-term plans at Hibernian and is delighted with the teenager's progress so far.

Butcher said: "Sam's new deal is great news for everybody connected to Hibernian Football Club; he is a talented young player with an incredibly bright future.

"When I first arrived here Sam wasn't part of the first team squad, but now he is probably one of the first names on the team sheet - that underlines the progress he has made in a short space of time.

"He is eager to learn and continue to develop into becoming a better player and that augurs well for Hibernian in the future."

Sam is the latest recruit to enlist in Terry Butchers Green and White Army for the 14/15 campaign - click here to sign up now.