DEFENDER Luke McCullough has committed his future to Doncaster Rovers after penning a new three-year contract tying him to the League Two club until the summer of 2019.
The 22 year-old did have a year of his contract remaining at the Keepmoat Stadium but admitted he was more than happy to extend his current deal.
“It was something that was always going to happen,” the former Manchester United trainee told the clubs’ Official website. “The gaffer mentioned it to me in the off season about singing a new contract.
“It was always going to get done, and now it’s finally done I’m excited about being part of what’s going to happen obviously this season and hopefully leading on to more than that after.”
The Portadown-born central defender left Old Trafford without making a first team appearance but since joining Rovers in the close-season of 2013 he has clocked up 91 games for the Yorkshire side.
“I think I’ve improved massively,” declared McCullough, who ended last term playing in a defensive midfield role for the club. “Obviously I was quite young when I first came and I was still learning the game, but I’ve improved leaps and bounds and I now really want to influence the team more rather than just concentrate on myself which is what I did when I first arrived.
“I do feel like I’m one of the mature ones maybe – I certainly look mature! I definitely think I’m more senior now than when I came and I can help the younger players too.”
McCullough was in Michael O’Neill’s 23-man EURO 2016 squad and is sure to be an integral part of the forthcoming international panel when the World Cup Qualifiers commence in September.