The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

TOM Conlon is out to re­pay the faith shown in him by Steve­nage by sign­ing a new and im­proved con­tract at Broad­hall Way.

The 21-year-old mid­fielder ini­tially joined Boro on loan from Peter­bor­ough United in Septem­ber 2014, be­fore join­ing the club per­ma­nently in Jan­uary 2015, mak­ing 35 ap­pear­ances last sea­son.

How­ever, Conlon sus­tained a cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment in­jury in Au­gust and hasn’t played since, but Boro have still re­warded him with a new undis­closed-terms deal.

“I am de­lighted. Ob­vi­ously, this sea­son hasn’t gone as I would have liked but the club have shown a lot of be­lief in me and I want to re­pay that by sign­ing this con­tract and stay­ing with Steve­nage,” said Conlon.

“I have been here a few years now and re­ally en­joyed my time but I know I have a lot more to show and can’t wait to do so.

“It has been tough. Be­ing out for eight months is hard for any player, but I feel as though I have dealt with it the best I can.

“I have got what I can out of it. I have stayed pos­i­tive, worked in the gym, and it is fi­nally com­ing to an end.

“I have been eased back into train­ing and will hope­fully be back with the lads fully next week.

“It has been bril­liant be­ing back out there again.

“The club have been re­ally, re­ally good to me.

“I saw the gaffer (Dar­ren Sarll) was say­ing in the press that they would look after me and it is easy to say that, but for him to fol­low it through is ob­vi­ously mas­sive for me.

“It is a nice feel­ing and I can’t thank the club and man­age­ment enough.

“Be­ing wanted does a lot for me as a player so I am look­ing for­ward to jus­ti­fy­ing their de­ci­sion.”

GRATE­FUL: Tom Conlon

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