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Hull City have confirmed Brazilian midfielder Geovanni has signed a contract extension with the Premier League club. His new deal extends his previous arrangement by one year, committing him to the club until 2011.

Manager Phil Brown said: "It's fantastic, great news for me and great news for the club. "He has committed for another two years and, who knows, maybe further.

The former Barcelona and Benfica player was one of the stars of Hull's first season in the Premier League. "Maybe that could be a catalyst. He was a big player for us last year with eight goals and a number of assists," Brown said. "I'm not just happy with his form, I'm happy with his work-rate.

"He has certainly shown me that he has learnt the English way, the game we play it. He has fitted in very nicely this year.''

Geovanni scored one of his most memorable goals for Hull a year ago this weekend in a stunning win at Arsenal. That victory sparked a four-match winning run that propelled Hull into the top three.

Form eventually deserted them and, after only narrowly avoiding relegation, Hull are now 19th after six games of the new season. Geovanni has featured in each of the matches, scoring twice, and says he is pleased to be staying at the KC Stadium.

He said: "I am very happy, I am pleased to be here for two more years. I want to stay.''

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