Sebastien Bassong thanks Alex Neil for his second chance after signing new Norwich City contract
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Norwich City have announced that defender Sebastien Bassong has signed a new contract.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United centre-back has signed 'fresh terms' with the Canaries which keeps him with the club until the summer of 2017.
'I'm very happy to have signed this contract,' the 29-year-old told City's official website.
'It's been an enjoyable time recently, getting promoted and achieving what we wanted to achieve. It provided great satisfaction for all of us.
'I enjoy playing for this team. Bit by bit, it is getting better and I feel better, and the manager has played a big part in that. I owe him a lot because he gave me my chance back in the team.'
The deal completes Bassong's rehabilitation at Carrow Road, which had seen him fall out of favour under previous manager Neil Adams and loaned out to Watford.
The arrival of Alex Neil in January heralded a new chapter for the Cameroon international though and he played an integral part in the Canaries achieving promotion through the Championship play-offs.
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Neil added: 'If you look through the spine of the team, it's not something I change that often and Seb has been a big part of that.
'He's performed extremely well since I've been here, and he's been a really good influence around the place as well which is great.
'It was very important to get this deal done, as well as some of the other ones which we've managed to do recently. They are guys who have contributed a lot to the group in the short time that I've been here.
'I'm really pleased for him, it's a reward for him and hopefully we can grow, get better and kick on.'
The Paris-born defender claimed the rare achievement of achieving promotions with two teams in one season, having played 11 matches for Watford in the first half of last season.
After being restored to the City starting line-up in a 0-0 draw at Birmingham City in late January, Bassong went on to play in all but one of City's remaining 19 matches.
His career total with the club now stands at 88 appearances and three goals, having won the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy as the club's player of the season in 2013, when City finished 11th in the Premier League.