Gary Gardner: Aston Villa midfielder signs new contract until 2020

Gary Gardner
Gary Gardner scored his first Villa goal in their 1-1 draw with local rivals Birmingham in October

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has signed a new contract to stay with the Championship club until 2020.

Gardner came through Villa's academy system and has since made 33 appearances for the club.

The 24-year-old has been on loan with five other teams, including a six-month loan spell in the second tier with Nottingham Forest last season.

Aston Villa are 13th in the Championship table, six points outside the play-off places.

Meanwhile, defender Easah Suliman has signed a new deal to stay at Villa Park until 2019.

The 18-year-old has yet to make his Villa debut, but has played in 12 games on loan at League Two side Cheltenham this season.