Michael Dawson says he is delighted to have penned a new three-year contract with Tottenham, and says he now wants to repay the club for putting their faith in him.

The 29-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2016 last week.

Having been close to leaving Tottenham at the beginning of last season following the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas, Dawson has fought his way back into the first team and is now club captain.

The Tottenham defender told Spurs TV: "I was delighted to be offered the new deal. Now I've got to go out there, play well and try to repay the club.

"It’s a great football club to be at. I love the club and love the fans. It's a massive honour to be captain at Spurs.”

Spurs have had a strong start to the 2013/14 campaign but went into the international break on a sour note after losing 3-0 to West Ham at White Hart Lane.

Dawson says that although the result hit him and his Spurs team-mates hard, they are determined to bounce back with a win against Aston Villa when the Premier League returns.

"The first three days when I woke up my first thought was ‘how did we lose that game?’" he told Tottenham’s official website.

"We were all gutted. It was never a 3-0 game. Defensively, it was massive disappointment. Now we have to put it right."

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