Fulham youngster Kacaniklic signs two-year contract extension

The Sweden youth international spent much of last season on loan at Watford, but was recalled by manager Martin Jol and now wants to establish himself in the first team

Fulham midfielder Alex Kacaniklic has signed a two-year contract extension.

After impressing on loan at Watford last season, the 20-year-old has been rewarded with a new deal, which holds the option of a third year.

Manager Martin Jol recalled the Sweden youth international late in the last campaign, where he then played a part in victories over Norwich City, Bolton and Liverpool as well as a draw against local rivals Chelsea.

Kacaniklic told the club's official website: "I’m very, very happy to have signed a contract extension with the club. It’s the perfect start for me ahead of the new season.

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"I came back from my loan period at Watford last season and got some game time in the first team and hopefully I’ll be pushing for a place in the starting XI this coming season.

"When I was at Watford I got the chance to show that I can play at that level and then the manager gave me a chance. When you have a manager that believes in you it makes it much easier.

"He has told me to keep working hard and it's great as a young player to work for a manager like Martin Jol. He's always encouraging us and giving us the chance to show what we can do.

"I'm aiming to start a lot more games next season and I’m going to work really hard to achieve my goals."