By Matt Farr
Alan Hutton has agreed to a 12-month contract extension with Aston Villa and the club want to tie him down to an even longer deal, according to a report.
Manager Steve Bruce revealed on Friday the experienced right-back, 32, has already triggered an appearance clause that will keep him at Villa Park next season.
But the Birmingham Mail claim negotiations are underway to prolong the defender’s time at the club beyond the summer of 2018.
The 50-times Scotland international and veteran of 151 Premier League appearances has been an important player under Bruce, and the Villa chief admitted the player has earned himself a new deal.
“Alan Hutton picks himself,” Bruce told the Birmingham Mail. “He rises to the challenge all the time and has seen plenty of right-backs off. He trains like it is his last day.
“He is the first player at the training ground and there are times when things don’t go his way but he rises to whatever challenge is there.
“He has done very well and has triggered a point in his contract for another year. I am delighted for him.”
His long-term future at the club appeared to come under question when Bruce moved to sign 19-year-old right-back James Bree from Barnsley in January.
The youngster is likely seen as the future for Aston Villa in Hutton’s position, which raised doubts that he would be offered a new deal with the club.
However, Bruce has made it clear that Hutton is still a key part of his plans, and is expected to feature alongside Bree in the first-team squad next season and beyond.
Hutton has made 26 appearances in all competitions for Aston Villa this season, and Bruce will no doubt hope that his experience can help the younger players like Bree fulfil their potential with the club in the years to come.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, chief executive Keith Wyness has revealed that this £15million was destined for another club.