Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 21, 2015
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.
Why does Gary Gardner keep getting new contracts. Baffles me #avfc— Dan Wesley (@Villafandan) August 21, 2015
Buzzing Gary Gardner has been given a new contract!!! ⚽️⚽️ #AVFC— Aran (@AzTranter) August 21, 2015
I thought that would be that for Gardner at villa after another injury. Must have done enough to stay in Sherwood's plans #avfc— OnlyTheVilla (@AVFC_20) August 21, 2015
It's pretty telling of Gardner's ability that Sherwood has signed him up when he's had so little game time. Great to see he has faith #avfc— Mikey Rainsford (@MikeyRainsAVFC) August 21, 2015
Fair play to Gardner for getting a new deal. Who knows what may happen if he steers clear of injuries. #AVFC— MoMo AVFC (@MoMoAVFC) August 21, 2015
Honestly can't see Gardner making it at the top level. Therefore giving him a new contract is very peculiar. #avfc— Leighton Castle (@LeightonCastle) August 21, 2015
How does Gardner keep getting new contracts. He's 23 now and still hasn't really broke into the first team. Injured a lot #avfc— Alex Jones (@jonah_rocks8) August 21, 2015
Hope Gary Gardner can return and stay fit. At the very least, he can be a useful squad player. Plus, his wages will be relatively low. #avfc— avfckp (@avfckp) August 21, 2015
Pleased with the Gardner deal. Hopefully the injuries haven't ruined him & he can get back on track... #AVFC— Andy Dakin (@AndyDakin10) August 21, 2015
Gardner signs new deal, needs to stay fit and break into first team now. Clark took his time but got there, no reason Gardner can't #avfc— Jon Startin (@Jon_Startin) August 21, 2015
Gary Gardner has had more contracts than appearances for Villa #avfc— Andrew Jones. (@andrewavfc7) August 21, 2015