Derby County is pleased to confirm that youngster Offrande Zanzala has put pen-to-paper on a new contract.

The 20-year-old frontman has signed a fresh two-and-a-half-year deal which will run through to the summer of 2019, with the club holding the option to extend the contract by a further year.

Zanzala hails from Democratic Republic of the Congo but moved to Europe as a young child, and then moved to England at the age of eight before he joined the Rams as a schoolboy at the age of 12.

He penned professional terms in 2015 and played a key role in the club’s Under 21s gaining promotion last term, scoring a number of crucial goals along the way.

He was named as the Under 21 Premier League Player of the Month in October 2015 after scoring four goals in three games, while he also had a brief spell on loan at Sky Bet League 2 side Stevenage a year ago.

Zanzala is currently working his way back to fitness after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury last August.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren said: “It’s great news for Derby County that Offrande has signed this new contract.

“He’s a promising young player with potential who I remember well from my previous spell in charge and he always had a habit of scoring goals.

“It’s obviously a shame for him that he is currently out injured, but he is working hard to get himself back fully fit and in the best possible shape.”

Offering his reaction to signing a new deal, Zanzala said: “I’m very happy to extend my time at Derby County.

“I have been here for several years so it’s really pleasing that the club has given me the opportunity to sign a new contract.

“Now my future is secure for the next few years, I am determined to return to full fitness and get back to playing football once again.”
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