Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that young forward Rhys Murphy has signed a new long-term contract with the Club.
 
The 19 year-old striker, who is currently on loan with League One side Brentford, joined Arsenal as a scholar in summer 2007 and signed professional terms with the Gunners a year later in summer 2008.
 
England Youth International Murphy has consistently proved his calibre in front of goal and scored a clutch of vital strikes for the Under-18s last season, playing an integral role in the FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy League ‘double' winning team.
 
Murphy, who was born in Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex, scored twice in the Gunners' FA Youth Cup Third Round victory over Aston Villa and also hit the back of the net in the 3-1 quarter-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Rhys also hit winners in last season's Premier Academy League Semi-Final and Final.
 
Since joining Brentford on loan, Rhys, who is a regular for England at youth level, appearing in the 2009 UEFA Under-19 Championships, has made six appearances and is scheduled to stay with Andy Scott's side until 24th February 2010.
 
Everyone at the Club is looking forward to Rhys' future contribution towards Arsenal and also wish Rhys well during his continued stay with Brentford.

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