Ashtone Morgan signs new long-term deal with Toronto FC

The 21-year-old homegrown player signs new deal with Toronto FC that will keep him at the club for years to come.
Toronto FC announced Thursday that Canadian international defender Ashtone Morgan has signed a contract extension.

The new deal, described only as "long term" by the club, is the second professional contract signed by the 21-year-old left back. Morgan inked his first deal as a "homegrown" graduate of TFC's academy in March, 2011.

“We're thrilled to sign Ashtone long term to ensure he remains with our club and continues to develop into a top defender in this league,” Toronto head coach Paul Mariner said in a statement issued by the club.

“Ashtone represents the present and future of this club and he is an important player for us. He is also a product of our Academy program and the current youth players can look up to Ashtone as an example of what the potential future holds for them.”

Morgan becomes the first TFC academy graduate to sign a second professional deal with the club, with fellow Canadian youngster Doneil Henry - who was Toronto's first ever homegrown signing in 2010 - also said to be close to a new agreement.

“I’m very happy to sign a new long term deal with the club,” said Morgan. “Being from Toronto and developing at the club has been a great experience and it’s a thrill to be able to continue with Toronto FC for the next few years.”

In 2011, Morgan earned his first cap with the Canadian national team in a 7-0 rout of St. Lucia. The Toronto native has three assists in MLS play this season.