Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has signed a new three-year contract with the club.
The 23-year-old is seen as an important part of manager Paul Lambert's re-shaping of the squad, and the Villains' academy product has a long-term future at Villa Park.
He cited the atmosphere of the dressing room and the ambition of the club being behind his decision to commit for a further three years.
The Republic of Ireland international told the club's official website: "Everyone's at the stage now where we just want to get out and play and the competition for places is tougher than it's been these past few seasons, no doubt about that," Clark said.
"The players who have come in have integrated into the squad really well with the training camp in Germany helping immensely in terms of bonding and getting down to work. "Everyone's really keen to really get on with it now. We're looking forward to giving our all and fighting for our spot in the team. There's definitely a vibrant feeling within the camp and a real desire to push on and keep building."
Clark has made 79 appearances for the Midland club since making his first-team debut in a Premier League game at home to Fulham in 2009, and has gradually forced his way into becoming a first-team regular, making 28 league starts last season.
He also has six caps for his country, and he is predicting a bright future for his team.
"We feel like we have very strong foundations in place. The last couple of seasons we've had some ups and downs and we've always stuck together and supported one another, whatever's happened. We'll continue to do that and that's what will continue to help us to progress together as a team.
"The manager has also been superb in instilling confidence and ambition, a real desire to succeed for the Club and we're all hungry to achieve something here.
"From a personal point of view, I really couldn't be more delighted or more proud. I've been here since I was 12 years old, progressing from the younger teams through the youth team along with players such as Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan and another couple who have just signed new deals in Nathan Baker and Andi Weimann. It's great that we've all managed to come through together and there's a bond there with this club that's as close as family to us lads especially."
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