Writer: Mike Field
Date:Thursday September 24 2009
As has been covered extensively on the board, Marc Albrighton has signed a new 3 year contract today and he couldn't be happier.
The attacking winger joined the Villa as a wee 9 year old lad and has worked his way up through all of our schoolboy and Academy levels before exploding onto the reserves scene and then impressing O'Neill enough to be drafted into our first team squad - which asll we all know saw him make his full first team debut in last season UEFA Cup campaign.
Albrighton's Premier Leaguie debut can at the start of the season when he came on as a substitute in our loss against Wigan.
Big things are expected of Marc and so far when called upon, whilst he hasn't always set the world alight, he has yet to let us down or look in awe or show any signs really that he is not going to be a key player for us for many years to come.
Speaking to the official site Albrighton described today as a major step forward in his career and a 'dream come true.'
'I've been waiting a long time for this and to get this contract extension is another step forward in my career.'
The home grown lad, and Villa fan to boot can hardly describe the difference in feeling turning out for the first team compared to his 'crowd' experiences as he was coming through the ranks:
'It is such a difference to playing in front of 200 or 300 people at a reserve game or about 50 people at a youth team game.
'It just gives you an extra buzz, especially as a Villa fan. It is what I have dreamed of all my life and for it to finally come - to play against Wigan and Cardiff - it is a dream come true.'
Martin O'Neill sounds perfectly happy with securing his future at the club aswell, tipping the player to not enjoy a successful career but to become one of the top Premiership players of the next decade:
'I couldn't be more delighted. He has a real chance of becoming a top quality Premier League player.'
We all know the lad has a terrific cross on him, and he's not shy of taking the ball and trying to go round defenders either. It's unlikely he'll make a real impact this season, and I still think a loan spell - there was one mooted to Forest and I actually thought he'd gone which shows what I know - would do him the world of good.
Next season seems designed for him to play a much bigger part in our season, but that said I wouldn't mind seeing him another 10-15 times this campaign for him to get a real feel for the Premier League.
Date:Thursday September 24 2009
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