Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the club's official website of his delight after seeing centre back Ciaran Clark sign a new contract.
In what has been a busy summer for Villa, Sherwood has lost three key players in Tom Cleverley, Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, whilst veteran defender Ron Vlaar also left the club on a free transfer.
It's therefore a major boost to Sherwood that defender Ciaran Clark has decided to commit his future to Villa, penning a new five-year deal at Villa Park.
The centre back, 25, has been with Villa since the age of 11, and an impressive campaign last season has seen his stock rise, with the Express and Star reporting that West Brom were looking to sign Clark to strengthen their defence.
However, Clark has now chosen to stay at Villa, and manager Sherwood admitted it was 'great news' on the club's official website earlier today.
"It's great news," said Sherwood. "Ciaran wears his heart on his sleeve. He was unfortunate with injuries last season but he looks sharp now and we want to keep him fit.
"You know what you're going to get from Ciaran - he gives everything for the cause and that's all you can ask for as a manager. We're pleased to have him here for a longer time," he added.
Clark displayed his ability last season, and at 25, he still has his best years ahead of him, making this a superb deal for Villa to get him tied down for the future.
Alongside the likes of Jores Okore, Micah Richards and Jordan Amavi, Clark can play his part in what appears to be an athletic Villa defence with plenty of room to grow in the coming years - and his new contract just illustrates how important he will be to Villa down the line.