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Young Chelsea right back signs new three-year contract

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Todd Kane is halfway through his second decade at Chelsea Football Club, having joined before age 8 and recently celebrating his 23rd birthday.  If you haven't actually heard of him, that's because he hasn't actually played for the Chelsea first-team (yet), though as loyal hardcore fans of the club, I'm sure you all hold Toddy in as high regard as I do.

Kane spent all of last season on loan at NEC Nijmegen in the Eredivisie and had impressed enough that we had expected him to get at least a token look-in this summer by the new management team.  Unfortunately, a torn ACL right near the end of the season scuppered those plans, or any further plans of a loan or perhaps even a permanent move -- though it should be noted that Kane, while remaining realistic of his chances of making it at Chelsea, retains his everlasting love for the club and, in his words, would sign a 10-year contract if offered.

Alas, contracts of such length are not allowed by FIFA regulations.  Three-year deals however are perfectly fine.  His previous contract was set to expire in 2018, so this adds an additional year.

Kane recently returned to (light) training and hopefully will be able to progress to proper match action before the second half of the season.  What the future may hold for him then is unclear -- time with the U23s? another loan? a first-team chance? -- but we'll be wishing him the best of luck in any and all endeavors.