Rangers player delivers verdict on new contract
By James Black
Rangers midfielder Jamie Barjonas admitted he was delighted to sign a new contract with Rangers after extending his deal until 2020 on Monday.
The promising youngster broke into the first-team towards the end of last season and impressed before being handed his first start in the final game of the season.
The 18-year-old player returned to the Under-20’s over the summer but has again forced his way back into the first-team squad and has been a fixture on the teamsheet in recent weeks.
Barjonas has been part of the Academy set-up at Ibrox for a decade now and his new deal will keep him at the club until after he turns 21.
The midfielder hopes that training with the first-team squad daily and being involved in senior matches can only help his development and improve his as a footballer.
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“I’m delighted. I’ve been at the club for such a long time and from such a young age, so to be able to sign a new, two-year deal is a great feeling,” Barjonas told RangersTV, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“I’m finally glad to put pen to paper. Training with the first team every day has been a step-up as the standards are higher and the demands are higher, but it is a lot better for my development.”
Barjonas follows Aidan Wilson in agreeing extended terms with the Ibrox giants as the club’s youth development programme finally starts to pay dividends.
A number of young Rangers prospects have featured in the first-team in recent months like Barjonas, Wilson, Ross McCrorie and Myles Beerman.
Barjonas has also forced his way into the Scotland Under-19 squad for their upcoming fixtures Albania, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.
In other Rangers news, this 56-year-old is open to talks with the Gers after they made an approach.