Date: 4th November 2008 at 6:12pm
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Ashley Young has expressed his delight at securing a new deal with Villa and he’s determined to repay the faith shown in him by Martin O’Neill.

The news was recently announced that Ash had signed a new deal, and now speaking on the official site for the first time since signing that deal, you get the impression he’s quite happy.

‘I am delighted. I am glad the gaffer has offered me the new deal and I’m really pleased to sign it.

‘The club is moving in the right direction and I knew it was right for me to pen the new deal.

‘The manager has really helped me develop as a player. He brought me to the club and my game has moved on leaps and bounds under his guidance.

‘I can only thank him for that and I am looking to repay him for the faith he has shown in me.’

We all know Young is a phenomenal talent, and many fans were getting tetchy about another Barry saga come January or the summer if he kept on having the impact he has had so far, but even though this new 4 contract will not stop that, it leaves us in a very powerful position to tell potential suitors to find the door and ram their tackle in it.