LIAM Kitching’s new contract is well-deserved says Barnsley head coach Michael Duff who added that the club are looking to extend the deals of other first team players.

Kitching has penned a new deal until 2026, with a club option to add a further year.

The 23-year-old defender signed in January 2021 from Forest Green Rovers on a deal until 2025. He has played 62 games for the club, scoring once, including 26 appearances this season.

Duff told the Chronicle: “He’s been really good and deserves it.

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“Kitch has security now, and so does the club. It doesn’t mean that he won’t be sold. But it would work better for all parties because he gets paid more and so does the club.

“I liked him when he was at Forest Green but you can definitely see he’s matured.

“Six foot three, quick, left-footed centre halves don’t come along very often so it’s good business by the club.”

Are other players close to signing new deals?

Duff said: “It’s not something I always get 100 per cent involved in, but I know there are two or three people the club are talking to.”