Continuing his quest to be the next Ryan Bertrand, Todd Kane has put pen to paper on a fresh Chelsea contract, extending his current deal by two years. He is now signed through 2015-16.
Still just 19 and less than a year removed from captaining the team to last year's FA Youth Cup title, Kane has been enjoying life on loan at Blackburn. After failing to establish himself initially, he has become indispensable for the Championship strugglers on his second try. Since rejoining in March, Kane has started all eight of Blackburn's matches and has made a telling contribution to their improving recent form. To wit, just last week, Rovers extended his loan through to the end of the season.
Rovers manager Gary Bowyer may even be hoping to bring Todd back to Ewood Park for a season-long loan next year:
His performances for a 19-year-old have been incredible.
The way he’s fitted into the club, to listen to him around the place you’d think he’d been around here for 10 years himself.
The players love him, he’s got great banter around the place. [...] He’s a great lad and he brings the positivity we have been asking for.
-Source: Lancashire Telegraph
Kane is one of my personal favorites in the Chelsea academy, both for his attitude and his skills. This new deal should give him the development time he needs to fully grow into his promise as a powerful, marauding right back, and go on to a long career of wearing Chelsea blue.