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CONTRACT: Midfielder extends until end of season

31 December 2015

Midfielder Angelo Balanta extends stay until end of campaign

Midfielder Angelo Balanta has today agreed a contract extension which keeps him at Brunton Park until the end of the current campaign.

Balanta, 25, signed for United on a short term deal in June 2015 and has scored once in his ten appearances so far.

Manager Keith Curle said: “I don’t mind saying I’m the biggest fan of what Angelo can bring to the squad and the team. When he’s firing on all cylinders and playing with confidence he’s a great player to watch, and he’s shown us that when he’s been out there for us.

“I know what he can do but I’m also his biggest critic when he isn’t quite on his game. He’s aware of what I need from him and he’s a player I like to work with. He listens and takes things on board, and what you find with him is that there are situations where he flourishes and he starts to come to the fore.

“The hustle and bustle of League Two football doesn’t always suit his style, but you’ll find that the higher we go, and the more football we play, the more he will have an influence. He’s a hard worker and, as I say, he knows what I feel he needs to do right now. He’s earned his chance with his attitude and approach to continue his progression here with us.” 

Born in Cali, Colombia, Balanta moved to England when he was just five years old and was spotted as a youngster by QPR. He progressed through the ranks and signed his first professional contract in 2007. 

He made 29 appearances and scored three goals for the Hoops but left the London club after seven years at the end of the 2012/13 campaign. His first loan spell took him to Wycombe in November 2008 and he spent much of the next three seasons on extended loan periods with MK Dons. 

His final loan spell was with Yeovil at the end of the 2012/13 season and he made a permanent move to join Bristol Rovers at the start of the 2013/14 season. He made 18 appearances and scored once whilst with the Pirates.

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