Aston Villa's promising central defender Ciaran Clark has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with the midlands club.

Clark, who made his Barclays Premier League debut against Fulham earlier this season, has committed himself to Villa until the end of the 2011-2012 campaign.

The 20-year-old, currently captain of Villa's reserve side, has followed other highly-rated youngsters in Nathan Delfouneso and Marc Albrighton in putting pen to paper on new deals.

Clark also earned his first call-up into the England Under-21 squad earlier this month and believes he is benefitting from working with experienced Villa defenders such as Richard Dunne and Carlos Cuellar.

He said: "When you are training with defenders like Richard Dunne and Carlos Cuellar, it is a massive help.

"They really encourage you and, if you make mistakes, they keep your head up.

"If there is stuff they can help you with, they'll do that, and that helps you as a person and as a player."

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