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Just Reward For Young

Ashley Young looks set to be the next player rewarded with a contract and wage extension according to Martin O'Neill.

After successfully tying Gabby Agbonlahor and John Carew to contract extenstions in the last week or so, Martin O'Neill is moving onto other players such as Ashley Young.

In another report Bouma's name was quoted as another player Martin intends to sit down with, and as promised, the fact Bouma will be injured for most of the remaining year will not matter too much for the club as they look to take care of the player, much in the way they did Mark Delaney.

Speaking on the official site, O'Neill explained that he was keen to reward those players who were doing the business on the field and Ashley certainly falls into that category.

'Ashley has been fantastic for us. I'm pleased Gabby and John have signed new contracts and we've got a couple more players that we are looking to do exactly the same with - with Ashley Young being one of them.

'We are in conversation about that. I don't think the chairman has any major problem about sorting out wages for people if they are doing the business week in and week out on the pitch.

'Agbonlahor has done that in my two seasons here, Carew has been terrific since being swapped with Milan Baros and Young has been absolute class.

'It means he will get a new contract.'

O'Neill continued to explain that this round of multiple contract extensions wasn't at the behest of the players, it was simply the club wishing to reward their work and efforts in our name. O'Neill has long believed that players should be rewarded on a merit basis and he was hoping to introduce bonuses based on success (if people remember those comments early last year). It seems this is the start of it and although no details will ever be leaked, I suspect strongly all of the newer contracts the club have signed with players lately will be based on performance related play, goals, assists, clean sheets, final league position and Cup(s) progress.

Not a bad thing in this day and age of massively overpaid players. At least our bunch will get the big money by making us happy and not for sitting on the bench and putting in mediocre performances.

'Ashley hasn't come and asked for anything. He has got a number of years left to run on his contract but I'd like to sort him out and I am sure he is enjoying his football here which is great.

'If he continues to play in the fashion he is for us, who knows what might happen to him in the future but we would be delighted to keep him a bit longer.'




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 18 2008

Time: 4:15PM

Your Comments

'If he continues to play in the fashion he is for us, who knows what might happen to him in the future' Should MON be saying stuff like that?
Villan-in-Cyprus
I'll be one seriously happy Villan if Ashley signs a 4 year deal..... or longer???? :)
Villan-in-Cyprus
What ever it takes sign him for as long as possible so we dont have to undergo the same transfer saga as this season.
col8
We need him on a four or five year deal, and we need to be sure that he's on a top drawer remuneration package. O.K., contracts dont appear to mean too much nowadays, but get him signed up, if only to cover ourselves. To keep him at the club in the long run, we have to be successful, we all know that, and that thankfully is what Mr Lerner and MON are aiming for.
glensider
On a seperate, but related subject, I cannot believe that he's not in Capello's latest England squad. Particularly as Capello witnessed Ashley's performance over in Iceland first hand. Defies logic.
glensider
Young will not sign anew contract till this one runs down. why would he best to see what pans out
one match ban
Because it may mean the difference between spending 3 years earning 30,000 a week or 4 years earning 45,000+ a week, with the possibility of bigger match bonuses. AND his mate Gabby has just signed up for 4 years. AND Capello has practically got a season ticket at Villa Park. How many reasons do you want?
Villan-in-Cyprus
I think you'll be surprised one match ban. He would be foolish not too. Contracts aren't really worth the paper they are written on, but to decline putting pen to paper on a new one, will only leave him severely out of pocket.
glensider
As Col says, we dont want a repear of the Gareth Barry saga next summer, but with this one involving Ashley Young. Another summer of discontent is the last thing we need.
glensider
 

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