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Aston Villa have confirmed that defender Mitchell Clark has signed a new contract with the club.

The Villains announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Friday that Clark, 18, has wrapped up an agreement that sees his Villa Park stay extended until the end of next season.

The Wales Under-19 international has been a mainstay of the Villa Under-23s this season and even made his first-team debut in the 4-1 Carabao Cup win against Wigan last August.

Clark can play at both right-back and left-back and has been handed the captain’s armband on multiple occasions in Premier League 2 this term.

There’s no doubt that Clark will now be hoping for more opportunities in Steve Bruce’s first-team after penning his new contract.

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Clark looks as though he is a decent young talent. It always helps for youngsters to break into the first-team when they are versatile and Clark’s ability to play on both the left and right side of defence is what helped him get into the team against Wigan. The Welsh defender performed very well in that game so there’s a chance that Bruce may use him more often in cup games next season. Unless Villa’s Championship position is settled with two or three games to go, it’s unlikely that Clark will feature in the senior side this season with so much to play for.

In other Aston Villa news, the Villains have every chance of signing this free-scoring PL centre-forward in the summer.

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