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Bouma's Contract Will Not Be Shelved

Bouma's Contract Will Not Be Shelved

Martin O'Neill has vowed to stand by the promise of a new contract for Freddy Bouma, despite his recent injury.

Bouma is likely to be out for 6 months after dislocating his ankle in our Intertwobob match against Odense at Villa Park.

The left back is in his final 12 months after Villa took up the 12 month extension offer last season, and although there has been reasonably regular contact over a new deal, nothing has been set in stone yet.

Despite that, O'Neill has no intentions of shelving the contract talks until he regains fitness.

Speaking to the press, our manager said:

"Will I look after him? Absolutely, that is not a problem.

"I have done it before in my Birmingham time. We looked after Mark Delaney and I am quite sure I will look after somebody who has played 38 Premiership games last season for us."

I'd imagine Bouma will end up with the contract he deserves and be given all the help and time needed for him to recover properly.

He was an important player for us last season and O'Neill recognises that fact.

"Freddy never missed a game last year and with the workload this year we might have - although it is not guaranteed even though we have gone through to the UEFA Cup qualifying - we need a lot of players.

"We would have been looking at that position as a backup to Freddy anyway.'

Some reports suggest the above comment implies we will be signing two left backs, or at least looking to but I'm not sure myself. With O'Halloran not far off recovering from his injury, I can only see O'Neill bringing in one player myself.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday July 29 2008
Time: 5:44PM


Great gesture from MON and the club.
Fan of Blues
29/07/2008 17:53:00
All Hail MON. Must be reassuring news for Freddie, who now has enough on his plate to concern him, without having the additional concern of not knowing whether a new extended deal was in the offing.
29/07/2008 18:55:00
Agreed Glensider, it would have been a double whammy getting the injury and also sweating on whether or not he was going to have a new contract sorted out. He desrves one, I think we'd all agree with MON on that score.
behind the dugout
29/07/2008 22:11:00
Good, if the club had treated Freddy badly I'd have been gutted and disappointed. Bouma was fantastic last season for us, and deserves only the very best of treatment by Villa. All hail MON.
30/07/2008 09:28:00
I still believe though that MON has to bring in a specialist left full back, and Freddie would no doubt understand that. We cant afford to muddle through the better part of the new campaign simply making do, playing someone out of position, or someone who is clearly not ready. Stephen Warnock anyone?
30/07/2008 20:09:00
Surely O'Neill will try to get Shorey from Reading.
30/07/2008 23:41:00
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