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Young midfielder Johnson signs new two-year contract

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Young midfielder Johnson signs new two-year contract

Daniel Johnson expressed his delight at being able to "concentrate on coming back to training in pre-season and kicking on" after signing a new two-year contract with the Club.

Midfielder Johnson said: "I'm really happy to have signed the new contract. These are exciting times at the Club at the moment, you can see where the manager wants to go with it and what he's trying to do and it's really good.

"I'm really looking forward to coming back into training and I'm hoping that this year can be even better for me and for the team."

Johnson also identified the success of Academy graduates such as Andreas Weimann, Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker as a particular motivation.

"Having guys like Andi, Ciaran and Nathan get into the first team is definitely an inspiration because they've been in the position I'm in," he added.

"They kicked on and they got into the team and look at them now, they're Premier League players. That's obviously where I want to be."

Jamaican-born Johnson has been included in the match-day squad for Villa on several occasions, though he is yet to make his full debut.

He experienced first-team football last season when out on loan with eventual League One Play-Off winners Yeovil Town, making five appearances for the Glovers.

The 20-year-old has been with the Academy since 2010, captaining the Academy side at both under-18 and under-19 levels.

He was an ever-present in the 2011-12 NextGen side's run to the quarter-finals, scoring three goals.

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By @AVFCOfficial 13th June 2013
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