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New contract ties Young to Aston Villa until 2012

Aston Villa forward Ashley Young has signed a new four-year deal which will keep him at Villa Park until 2012.

The 23-year-old moved to Villa Park from Watford for £9.65million in January 2007 and the England hopeful has been in fine form, having scored four times in 17 appearances for Villa this season.

Young also featured prominently for Villa last season and has already been capped three times by England, however he has not yet established himself at international level.

With his contract he follows John Carew, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Wilfred Bouma and Craig Gardner, who have all signed new long-term deals at Villa since the end of last season.

Manager Martin O'Neill has been pushing for a deal to reward Young's contribution over the past 22 months.

''When we signed Ashley, we paid a lot for him, but we didn't pay a lot to him,'' he said. ''I wanted him to be given a contract that reflected what he has done since being here.''

Having signed the contract, Young thanked his boss for the role he has played in his development since joining the club.

''The manager has really helped me develop as a player,'' Young said. ''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.''

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