Ridgewell wins new deal
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell has been offered a new three-year contract.
Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell has been offered a new three-year contract by the club.
Ridgewell was an almost ever-present in the Villa defence last season in the absence of the injured Martin Laursen.
Despite going through a rough patch before Christmas, where he conceded four penalties in five games, manager David O'Leary stuck by the defender and the England Under-21 international's qualities shone through.
"Liam is still learning his trade and last season won't have done him any harm. He's shown a willingness to learn and at times played extremely well for us," said O'Leary.
"You get ups and downs with young players and that's been the case with Liam. But I've always said I'll give young players a chance and Liam's got the chance over the next few years to make a name for himself here."
Meanwhile, Villa hope to agree a new deal for another of their promising defenders, Gary Cahill.
Cahill forced his way into the side towards the end of last season and O'Leary is keen for the 20-year-old to pen a new contract.