Chris Morrow signs two-year contract with Crusaders

Crusaders midfielder Chris Morrow
Chris Morrow has signed a new contract at Crusaders

Long-serving Crusaders midfielder Chris Morrow has signed a contract extension with the north Belfast club.

The 26-year-old's new two-year deal will tie him to the Seaview outfit until the summer of 2014.

The Irish Premiership club said Morrow's service would be rewarded with a testimonial season.

"Other clubs were watching Chris so we moved quickly. The only thing he asked was 'where do I sign?' That's loyalty," said Crues chairman Stephen Bell.

Morrow was one of four Crusaders players chosen in the 2010-11 Premiership team of the season by the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association.

The Shore Road side finished second in the table behind Linfield, but this term are currently fifth.

Buoyed by holiday wins over derby rivals Cliftonville and second-placed Portadown, Crusaders are away to Donegal Celtic on Friday, kick-off 1945 GMT.

Stephen Baxter's men have already won at Suffolk Road this term, goals from Stuart Dallas and Timmy Adamson giving them a 2-0 win over DC in November.

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