After already securing Ciaran Clark on a long-term contract this week, Aston Villa have again agreed new terms with another one of their crop of talented young players. Matt Lowton has become the sixth Villa player to sign a new contract this summer.
Other players to have committed their futures to the club include Brad Guzan, Ashley Westwood and Andi Weimann.
The new deal will secure Lowtons future until at least 2017.
It’s been a busy summer at the Midlands club who, along with the contract extensions, Paul Lambert has also brought in 6 new players; Aleksander Tonev, Nicklas Helenius,Jed Steer, Jores Okore, Antonio Luna and Leandro Bacuna.
Speaking on the club website after putting pen to paper, the 24-year-old ex-Sheffield United defender said: “It is a very exciting time for the club. We went through some difficult periods last season but we finished strongly and had won a lot of people over by the end of the season.
“The fans were with us all the way though and they made themselves heard home and away, superbly well and that’s something that really helps the team and is appreciated greatly by all the lads. Everyone could see what the gaffer was working towards and over the second half of the season it showed.
“With the new signings this season as well as some players signing new contracts, the likes of me and Ashley, Andi, Brad, Ciaran and Nathan, it shows the club is moving forward and it’s really exciting to be a part of that.
“We all feel part of something here and we feel strongly that we’re building towards something very exciting and positive for the club. You could see it right from the start of last season when I signed that the club was going to go with what the gaffer wanted. He wanted to put his plans in place and he stuck by his guns all season.
“It turned out to be the right decision and he’s continued that this season, signing players straight away and getting us into the pre-season. Everyone’s playing together in the matches and everything is coming together nicely.
“It’s important that we work towards that first game at Arsenal, that’s really what all the preparation is about right now, being ready for the start of a long campaign. We know Arsenal will be a tough game, as it was last year, but with the new signings and the way we played at the end of last season I know we can go down there and give a good account of ourselves.”