Will Hughes has signed a one-year contract extension at Derby County that keeps him at Pride Park until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Hughes has been somewhat of a prodigy this season for the Rams, with the 18-year-old having a very successful season that has seen the England Under-21 international feature 35 times in all competitions, scoring 2 goals in the process.
Despite these impressive figures, Hughes has not featured for club or country since mid-February after picking up a groin injury in the 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Derby County manager Nigel Clough has nothing but praise for the youngster.
“He’s had a fantastic season and has learnt so much over the last 12 months," he told BBC Radio Derby. “We missed having someone to be able to have the ball in all areas of the pitch – especially as the pitches have deteriorated as well.
"When the pitches are firm and bobbly, you need people like Will who can handle the ball.
"We have to give him the ball. He has to have the ball as often has he can. Right from pre-season we have encouraged the rest of the players to give it to him.
“He has great potential and is the sort of lad that you want to build your team around.”
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