Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Gary Gardner’s contract extension

Gary Gardner has penned a new contract with Aston Villa.

As confirmed by the club’s official website, Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has signed a new three-year deal at the club.

The 23-year-old came through the Villa academy, impressing the club’s youth team coaches for his determination at bouncing back from previously suffered anterior cruciate ligament injury.

He finally made his unofficial debut for the club in 2011 before having loan spells at Coventry City and later championship trio Sheffield Wednesday, Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest.

During his latest spell out on loan, Gardner was instrumental in helping Forest rediscover their form under boss Dougie Freedman and scored four times in 18 league appearances.

Many at the City Ground want him to return for further loan spell, but another potentially damaging injury occurred in pre-season and he is set to be out of action for at least another few weeks.

Nonetheless, Villa boss Tim Sherwood clearly rates the midfielder and on his return from injury he could potentially push the likes of Ashley Westwood and Carlos Sanchez for a first-team spot.

Having previously penned only a two-year deal in 2014, with his contract expiry date nearing the club have opted to reward him with a new three-year extension.

"I am delighted to sign this new deal and extend my time with this great club,” he told the club's official website.

Doubts, however, remain over his ability to remain injury free and his new contract has been met with both delight and scepticism from a number of Villa supporters reacting on Twitter.

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