DARRAGH Lenihan has signed a new contract that will keep him at Blackburn Rovers until the summer of 2019.

The 21-year-old midfielder has put pen to paper on a new three-and-a-half year deal and said he was delighted to have his future sorted out.

“I’m over the moon to be honest, it has been a long time coming,” said Lenihan, whose was set to be out of contract in the summer.

“I’m happy that the manager has shown the faith in me to give me games and to offer me a new contract. It has been very pleasing over the last few months and hopefully it can continue.

“At this stage of my career the main thing is to play games and the gaffer has given me a great chance to show what I can do on the pitch. Hopefully I can keep improving my game and getting good results.”

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Lenihan, who captains the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 side, joined Rovers in the summer of 2011 from Dublin-based club Belvedere.

He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Burton Albion last season, where he earned a League Two winners’ medal, but has become an integral part of Paul Lambert’s plans, making 11 appearances since the turn of the year.

And Lenihan is relishing life under Rovers boss Lambert.

“He has been fantastic with me,” he said. “He’s won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund, he played centre-midfield which is my position, and I feel that he can really improve my game.

“We just need to get good results from now until the end of the season and it starts tomorrow against MK Dons. It is going to be a tough game and we need to be on our game to beat them.”