Gardner to sign new deal
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Young Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner is set to sign a contract extension.Young Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner is set to sign a contract extension.
The 19-year-old will pen a deal keeping him at the club until 2009 after impressing manager David O'Leary with his recent performances.
Gardner forced his way into O'Leary's plans with his displays for the Villa reserve team, and made his senior debut against Everton on Boxing Day.
He is now poised to start against Newcastle on Saturday, with Gavin McCann suspended and James Milner ineligible as part of the loan agreement between the two clubs.
Gardner is the latest in a long line to come up through the Villa ranks, with the likes of Steven Davis, Luke Moore and Liam Ridgewell all products of the club's successful youth system.