USA international defender John Anthony Brooks has agreed a new contract that will keep him at the capital club until the summer of 2019.

"John is an important player for Hertha BSC going forward and we want to continue the team’s development with him," said sporting director Michael Preetz. "John is a born-and-bred Berliner, who’s well valued by the fans and has gained recognition as an international as well. He still has a lot of potential and I’m certain that he’ll improve even more. He will play an important role in our plans for the future."

'Hertha is my club'

Brooks, meanwhile, was delighted to have put pen to paper on a new deal. "Everyone knows Hertha is my club and Berlin is my home. I’m happy to be part of the exciting development of our team going forward, and in my home city as well. We still have a lot of things to achieve together this season."

The 23-year-old, whose father is American, first joined the club in 2007 and made his Bundesliga debut in August 2013. He has made 12 league appearances for Hertha this season, including playing the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 3-3 draw away at SV Werder Bremen.

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"Signed! John Anthony Brooks will remain a Hertha player until 2019."