In form striker Billy Kee has put pen to paper on a new contract with Accrington Stanley.

The 25-year-old’s new deal will run through until the summer of 2018.

Kee returned to the Wham Stadium at the start of the season and has gone on to score 17 times since as the Reds push for promotion to League One.

He’s thrilled to be staying with the club he first joined as a teenager.

“I’m delighted, my family are delighted and my mum and dad are delighted,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed it this year. I’d probably say that it’s been my best year in football and that shows because I’m playing with enjoyment every game, the lads are great and the gaffer and Jimmy have been great.

“We’re all really enjoying it and you can see that. I enjoy coming in every day, I have a smile on my face and I don’t think that’s been the case for the last six or seven years of my career.”

Kee’s form has made him one of the most sought after players in League Two and manager John Coleman is delighted to be keeping him in Stanley colours.

“Billy’s been really important to us this season,” he explained. “The onus of the way we play has never been on him to score all the goals but he’s managed to score a lot as well as creating them for other players.

“He’s led by example since coming back and the way he’s led the line has been excellent. It’s great news to have him here for another two years.”

Kee is the latest player to commit his future to the Reds, following Matty Pearson, Sean McConville and Seamus Conneely in signing new contracts with the club.