Westwood recently signed, now it’s Irish defender Ciaran Clark who’s the next young player to sign a new contract at the club. Clark has been playing for Aston Villa’s first team for a couple of season’s now, but he has continued that trend under Paul Lambert and cemented a spot in the middle of defence. Clark has come under fire recently for his slow development and some claim that he isn’t playing in his best position. However, Lambert has faith in the young defender and has offered him a new 3-year extension deal.
Clark has been promoted to the first team and started to play frequently under Houllier, however, not as a centre-back but as a central defender. Some fans argue, still today that is his best position as he was also an attacking threat. But let’s look now into the present and future, Clark has to fulfill his potential very soon. He is a good defender, but with Baker getting better and Okore at the club; Clark’s first team position maybe in jeopardy.
Having said that, I think he is a good defender, still has lots to learn and I’m happy that he has committed to the club for another 3-years. Clark will now stay with the club until 2016. Guzan, Baker, Weimann and Westwood
“Everyone’s at the stage now where where we just want to get out and play and the competition for places is tougher than it’s been these past few seasons, no doubt about that.
“”The players who have come in have integrated into the squad really well with the training camp in Germany helping immensely in terms of bonding and getting down to work.
“Everyone’s really keen to really get on with it now. We’re looking forward to giving our all and fighting for our spot in the team. There’s definitely a vibrant feeling within the camp and a real desire to push on and keep building.
“We feel like we have very strong foundations in place. The last couple of seasons we’ve had some ups and downs and we’ve always stuck together and supported one another, whatever’s happened. We’ll continue to do that and that’s what will continue to help us to progress together as a team.
“The manager has also been superb in instilling confidence and ambition, a real desire to succeed for the club and we’re all hungry to achieve something here.
“From a personal point of view, I really couldn’t be more delighted or more proud. I’ve been here since I was 12-years-old, progressing from the younger teams through the youth team along with players such as Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan and another couple who have just signed new deals in Nathan Baker and Andi Weimann.