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Arsenal have officially announce they have rewarded Northern Ireland defender Daniel Ballard a new contract with the club.
Ballard hailed Under 23 coach Freddie Ljungberg after signing a new professional contract at Arsenal.
The 19-year-old is tipped as a star of the future and his rise to prominence has been recognised at both club and international level.
Ballard has been rewarded with his second professional deal at the Emirates after a season in which he made 23 Premier League 2 appearances for the club’s Under 23s.
He is yet to make it into Unai Emery’s first team squad, although hopes are high around the club that next season could see the centre-half get his chance.
An official statement reads: We would like to congratulate Daniel on his new contract and we are looking forward to seeing his continued development at the club.