Davis commits to Villa future

Last updated : 08 March 2005 By Pancho Villa

The midfield player has enjoyed an exponential rise this season since making his debut as a substitute against Norwich City in September. He made his full debut in a man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham in November and then earning his first international cap against Canada at the start of 2005.

He made his 20th appearance in claret and blue in the 2-0 win against Middlesbrough on Saturday and his triggered the new deal via a clause in his current contract relating to appearances. It is a far cry from the nightmarish season the 19-year-old endurd last term when he was dogged by ankle problems.

“Last season was hard to take,” Davis told PA. “I ruptured ligaments in my ankle and then on the first day back in training did exactly the same again. But this season I was determined to prove my worth. I've worked hard and after a few good performances with the reserves, I’ve been involved with the first team ever since and it's nice to have a new contract.”

Manager David O’Leary is also delighted to capture the signature of a player whose potential, he reluctantly admits, he had been very quick to spot when he took charge at Villa two years ago. “I spotted him,” the Irishman said as he pushed his finger onto his skin and mimicked a sizzling sound. “I always have two weeks at the training ground before playing the opening pre-season matches and I was struck by him straight away. He stood out straight away as a good little footballer.”