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Gary Cahill has joined Liam Ridgewell in securing his future at Aston Villa.

The 20-year-old central defender told the official site that

'There was never any doubt in my mind. I was always going to sign a new deal. I said from the word go that I wanted to stay.'

Adding he is glad that the speculation is now over.

'I've signed on for three years and hopefully it will be longer - hopefully I'm looking forward to many appearances for Villa. It's a relief. It's something I always wanted to do and I said at the back end of last season that I hoped it would all be sorted in the summer. Now it has been sorted and I can just carry on and concentrate on playing football.'

Meanwhile Liam Ridgwell is sure that the young group of Villa players can start challenging next season following last seasons nightmare.
'It was a disappointing season, no-one would argue with that. It was particularly disappointing for the youngsters because we've come through at the same time. We don't like losing, we've not been used to it in the reserves and the youth sides so hopefully we can bring a winning mentality to the side next season. We all learned from our experiences last season and hopefully we will be better for it.'

And looking ahead says

'The team is looking for a top half finish because Aston Villa is a big club. That's what we want and anything above that will be a bonus.'

A bonus? With Ellis and O'Leary in charge, it will be a frigging miracle! ;-)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 31 2006

Time: 10:52AM

Your Comments

if these two continue to improve then the future at villa does look a little brighter, but if they dont then i think we'll be in trouble.
andrew144
if these two continue to improve then the future at villa does look a little brighter, but if they dont then i think we'll be in trouble.
andrew144
ridgy and chaill do look ok at the back together, theyve played with each other for a good few years now...sack off mellberg his heart is not in it anymore, barry the growler for new captain
son_of_cher
ridgy and chaill do look ok at the back together, theyve played with each other for a good few years now...sack off mellberg his heart is not in it anymore, barry the growler for new captain
son_of_cher
i reckon ridgewell would make a could target man up front. anyone else agree??
fullygrownman
i reckon ridgewell would make a could target man up front. anyone else agree??
fullygrownman
duno really.... dont think that would work
green giant 12
duno really.... dont think that would work
green giant 12
He does love a tap in!
mtones
He does love a tap in!
mtones
Ridgewell sounds more positive and a better motivator than his boss?
Stevew
Ridgewell sounds more positive and a better motivator than his boss?
Stevew
Like the bit about a winning mentality....something that appears in short supply from manager down
fatloser
Like the bit about a winning mentality....something that appears in short supply from manager down
fatloser
i dont think they will both figure too much ,It depends on the fitness of laursen good news fir the future though.
south coast villain
i dont think they will both figure too much ,It depends on the fitness of laursen good news fir the future though.
south coast villain
Don't know if he could make it as a target man but think he could do a job in defensive midfield.
Aronno7
Don't know if he could make it as a target man but think he could do a job in defensive midfield.
Aronno7
I'm not convinced that Ridge has found his best position, and certainly out of the two I think that Cahill will prove to be the better central defender. Pleased both have signed though. In our current predicament, we are going to need as many bodies as we can get, and at least both are exuding a positive attitude.
glensider
I'm not convinced that Ridge has found his best position, and certainly out of the two I think that Cahill will prove to be the better central defender. Pleased both have signed though. In our current predicament, we are going to need as many bodies as we can get, and at least both are exuding a positive attitude.
glensider
 

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