Leon Balogun eyeing more success after extending Rangers stay

Leon Balogun claimed newly-crowned champions Rangers are “just getting started” after he signed on at Ibrox for another year.

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 6:00 am

The Govan club announced that the 32-year-old Nigeria defender, who signed from Wigan last July, had extended his contract until the summer of 2022.

Balogun has played 28 times across three competitions for Steven Gerrard’s side this season and helped the Light Blues to their first Premiership title in a decade and the 55th in the club’s history.

He told the club’s official website: “Today is a very happy day and a very proud day announcing my contract has been extended for another year.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Rangers’ Leon Balogun (right). Pic by PA.

“I am proud to be a part of this amazing club and I felt that pretty early on I had fallen in love with the club and the working environment, the way the players and the management staff work and the way the club is a big family.

“I am happy and proud that I can call myself a Rangers player.

“I am happy to be a part of the team that won the league, but what we have been saying recently is we are just getting started and I am happy that I can be a part of this.

“I said a few weeks in to one of my family, I wish I had been at a club and an environment like this early on in my career.

“I am very, very happy and proud that this can now be announced. One thing too, I was never going to leave before witnessing a full Ibrox stadium, and if everyone was happy, I was going to stay.”

Gerrard said: “I am delighted to secure the services of Leon for another year.

“Leon has been a consistent performer for me this season and has played a key role in strengthening our defence.

“His professionalism is obvious both on the field and in the dressing room as well. He is a role model for other players and has been a very positive influence within the squad.

“Although he is now 32, he can clearly continue to have a key influence in our squad for another year.

“I know that he is still ambitious to become a better version of himself and I know he is hungry for more success.”


A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world.

But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.

You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to newsletter.co.uk

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Thank you