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Defensive ace Baker agrees new three-year Villa deal

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Defensive ace Baker agrees new three-year Villa deal

By Paul Brown

Defensive ace Nathan Baker has agreed a new three-year deal at Villa.

The claret and blue contract for the super starlet will tie him to the club until 2014.

Watch our exclusive interview with Baker on AVTV now - click here.

He said: "I am over the moon. I only had a year left so to extend my assocation with Villa is fantastic. I am really happy.

"I managed to get first team experience under my belt in the season just gone and I plan on working hard in pre-season when it comes around and improving next term. This is the club for me."

Baker has made major strides over the past season and impressed many with his maturity, in spite of his young years.

He made his Villa debut in the magnificent 2-1 away win at Wigan, deputising for the injured Ciaran Clark at left-back.

Villa clinched a fourth round spot in the FA Cup against Blackburn in his next game but he was dismissed just after the hour mark after fouling Junior Hoilett.

His top-flight appearance against Blackburn was also reduced, when he was forced off with a head injury after suffering concussion.

After a spell out of the side, he then returned to the line-up for the top-flight tussle with Bolton, excelling in an injury-ravaged side missing James Collins, Richard Dunne and Carlos Cuellar.

Baker is an aggressive and positive central defender-cum-left-back who always produces performances of total commitment.

He first came to first team prominence when some impressive performances for the reserves earned him a place on the pre-season trip to Switzerland three seasons ago and he played in both friendlies against Wil 1900 and Zurich.

He did well enough in those games to warrant inclusion in the first team squad for Villa's Intertoto Cup-tie against Odense and the subsequent UEFA Cup qualifier against FH Hafnarfjordur.

Those early season games, plus another pre-season friendly at Walsall, were the extent of Baker's involvement at senior level before this term.

He spent the majority of the 2009-10 campaign at Lincoln City and made a big impression at Sincil Bank before returning to Villa consciousness last term.

Watch our exclusive interview with Baker on AVTV now - click here.

Pick up your season ticket for next term - click here.


By @AVFCOfficial 2nd June 2011
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