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Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin signs two-year extension

Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin has committed his future to the club after signing a two-year extension to his contract.

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Perrin has agreed terms that tie him to the Ligue 1 outfit until 2018, while his new deal also includes the possibility of a coaching role once the 29-year-old's playing career comes to an end.

The defender is a one-club man having signed his first professional contract at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in 2001 when he graduated from their youth academy into the first team.

And the former France Under-21 international is excited to help the club continue its development.

"I am pleased and proud to sign up with the club of my heart," he told the club's official website. "The club has taken several steps in recent seasons.

"It is constantly growing. I want to live other great joys [with] ASSE [Saint-Etienne].

"The group has gained experience. This will help us to perform well on all fronts.

"I'm very honoured by the club's offer of a role in the coaching staff once I retire. I know the club very well and I want to continue to be a part of its project."

Perrin's form at club level also caught the eye of France coach Didier Deschamps before the World Cup in Brazil and, though he missed out on making the squad for the finals, he hopes to force his way back into the reckoning this season.

"My performances at the club also helped me to get a foot in the door of the France team," he added. "I hope I have the opportunity to taste it again."

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