Keeper signs new deal

Last updated : 19 November 2002 By VillaMAD

The Finland international's overall performances since becoming Villa's first-choice keeper have been first-class, and boss Graham Taylor has acted swiftly to secure his services for at least another four years.

Taylor said: "I felt the time was right for Peter Enckelman to be promoted to number one.

"And that is why I took the decision to release Peter Schmeichel even though he is still a very capable goalkeeper.

"I felt the time had come for him to have his chance to be the Villa number one after he had served an apprenticeship under David James and Schmeichel.

"I also didn't want to risk losing Peter Enckelman and I am really pleased with the way he has been performing.