Aston Villa defender Lewis Kinsella tweets delight at new deal

The 20-year-old left-back is set to pen a one-year contract extension at Villa Park.

Aston Villa left-back Lewis Kinsella looks set to fight for a spot in Tim Sherwood’s squad next season after the club announced that he is poised to sign a new deal until the summer of 2016.

Kinsella, 20, was drafted into the Villa first-team in March due to a spate of defensive injuries and was an unused substitute for back-to-back league games against Sunderland and Swansea, as well as the 2-1 FA Cup sixth round win over West Bromwich Albion.

While he failed to get off the bench before joining League Two side Luton Town on loan for the rest of the campaign, he seemed to make a positive impression on new manager Sherwood, who told the club’s official website at the time: “Lewis has done well. He is a player you recognise on the pitch. He leaves someone sprawling out on the floor every time he's out there.

"I know his name. Sometimes you see kids and I've been at the club for a year and I still don't know their name and they've trained with us 100 times.

"That isn't what I'm looking for."

After going on to make two starts and one substitute appearance at Luton, Kinsella was set to be out of contract with Villa this summer but it would seem that Sherwood was impressed enough with what he saw on the training ground to offer the former Arsenal trainee fresh terms.

A regular with the Under-21s in recent seasons, he will face a much tougher task in his bid to carve out a first-team role for himself but, with the Villa boss known for putting his faith in homegrown talent, he should be given a fair chance.

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