Pool target signs new deal

Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey
Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey

POOL target Jonjo Shelvey has signed a new contract with Liverpool.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who was a big hit on loan at Blackpool last season, has found himself on the fringes of the first team at Anfield, making 37 appearances in all competitions since joining from Charlton in May 2010, but the club yesterday confirmed he has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal.

Ian Holloway has already spoken to new Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers about potential loans and Shevley was mentioned.

He played 10 games in the first half of last season while on loan at Blackpool before returning to the Reds and making 16 appearances.

Shelvey scored six goals in ten appearances at Bloomfield Road last term but his loan deal was cut short by injuries at Anfield.

He said: “I am really happy. Last season I was itching to try and push for a new contract. Now it’s happened and I am ready to kick on again now.”

Shelvey started Liverpool’s last four Premier League matches of the season and scored in the 4-1 triumph over Chelsea at Anfield.

And the midfielder is hopeful of more first team opportunities under Brendan Rodgers.

He added: “I want to be in the starting XI on a permanent basis. I think going away (on loan) to Blackpool helped me a lot. It gave me some experience, I scored goals and I came back a better player.”