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Zat Knight has agreed a new a two-year contract extension with Fulham.

The centre back, who captained the club briefly last season before sustaining a freak jaw injury, will remain at Craven Cottage until 2010. The England international had been linked with a move away from Fulham as new boss Lawrie Sanchez reshaped his squad ahead of a first full season in charge, but the manager has been impressed with the tall defender’s desire. “Since I arrived at the club I’ve been impressed with Zat’s commitment and attitude both on and off the pitch,” Sanchez said. “He has a good understanding of the game which is reflected in his positional play.”

“It’s no secret that we conceded too many goals last season and that’s something I’m determined to change,” Sanchez added.” With the right back four, that will happen, and I’m sure that Zat will have a big part to play in my plans, so I’m delighted that he has committed his future to Fulham.”

The 27 year-old has made 153 first-team appearances, scoring four goals, since being promoted to the senior squad by Jean Tigana in 2001.