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Young midfield ace Johnson signs one-year contract extension

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Young midfield ace Johnson signs one-year contract extension

Daniel Johnson has penned a new contract to keep him at Villa until June 2013.

Johnson has scored three goals for the reserves this season and also found the target three times in Villa's NextGen Series European campaign.

The 19-year-old midfielder was named on the bench for the first team last season for a Carling Cup tie against Burnley and Barclays Premier League clashes against Manchester United and Blackpool.

And he has been on the fringes of the senior set-up again this term with Alex McLeish calling him up for top-flight games against Liverpool and Stoke City.

After joining the club's academy from Crystal Palace, Johnson's opportunities were limited during the first year of his scholarship.

But in 2010-11 he was handed the captain's armband by U18s coach Tony McAndrew.

He thrived on the responsibility, leading the side to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup as well as top spot in their section of the Barclays Premier Academy League.

Johnson also managed 12 goals in all competitions.

The Jamaican-born ace began this season impressively with goals for the second string against Everton and Bolton.

He was one of Villa's star performers in the inaugural NextGen competition with goals away from home against Fenerbahce and Rosenborg and a further strike against the Turkish outfit at Villa Park.

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By @AVFCOfficial 15th March 2012
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